Rahul Shewale recognized as Shiv Sena leader and Bhawna Gawli as Chief Whip in the House
In a major setback to the Thackerays, Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla has recognized Rahul Shewale as Shiv Sena leader in the House while Bhawna Gawli Patil has been retained as the Chief Whip. The Lok Sabha Secretariat issued an official circular regarding the change of Shiv Sena leader in the House.
According to Lok Sabha Secretariat sources, the leader is selected on the basis of the majority, and thus the Speaker recognized Shewale as the party leader in the House.
Rahul Shewale and Bhawna Gawli come from Maharashtra Chief Minister Eknath Shinde‘s faction. On Tuesday, 12 Lok Sabha MPs of the Shinde faction met Birla and requested him to recognize Shewale as the leader of the party in the House.
Presently the party has a total of 19 MPs in Lok Sabha, and out of these 12 MPs opted for Mumbai South Central MP Shewale as their new leader in the House.
[With Inputs from IANS]
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