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MLA disqualification decision will be ‘fast track’

Mumbai | 09-Aug-23:

In a recent turn of events, there have been significant developments in the disqualification case involving 16 Shiv Sena MLAs, including Chief Minister Eknath Shinde. About a year ago, these MLAs, along with Chief Minister Shinde, had made headlines by defecting to the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), causing a major political upheaval.

Following this switch, the Shiv Sena (led by Uddhav Balasaheb Thackeray) group had demanded that action be taken to disqualify these 16 MLAs. Recent information indicates that the Speaker of the Vidhan Sabha, Rahul Narvekar, has now taken an active role in expediting decisions related to this matter.

Reliable sources have revealed that the process of disqualifying the Shiv Sena MLAs has been put on a fast track. Additionally, efforts have been initiated to outline the key aspects of the case within the legislative framework. This includes strategizing the types of questions that will be posed to the MLAs during the proceedings, as well as determining the procedures that will adhere to the Indian Penal Code. The utmost care will be taken to ensure that the discussions remain focused and pertinent to the matter at hand.

Crucially, Chief Minister Eknath Shinde is among the 16 Shiv Sena MLAs currently facing potential disqualification. The case had eventually reached the Supreme Court, which entrusted the Legislative Assembly Speaker, Rahul Narvekar, with the responsibility of making the final decision.

This situation had led to accusations from the Thackeray group’s MLAs that Speaker Rahul Narvekar was intentionally stalling the decision-making process. As a result of a petition filed by Sunil Prabhu in the Supreme Court, the Court had directed Speaker Narvekar to expedite the decision-making process.

The entire scenario unfolded against the backdrop of a significant political event last year when 40 Shiv Sena MLAs defected to the BJP, causing the collapse of the Mahavikas Aghadi government. Following their return to Maharashtra, a crucial floor test was impending to gauge the strength of the government. In a twist of fate, Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray resigned just before facing the floor test, altering the course of events. Political analysts have speculated that had Uddhav Thackeray not stepped down, the Supreme Court’s verdict might have taken a different route.

As Speaker Rahul Narvekar ramps up efforts to expedite the disqualification process, the coming weeks are likely to bring further clarity and resolution to this intricate political saga.

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