Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) alliance has lost the majority in the House as 38 of the members of the Shiv Sena Legislature Party have withdrawn their support thus bringing it below the majority in the house, said Eknath Shinde in his petition filed in Supreme Court.
As Eknath Shinde moved the Supreme Court against the Shiv Sena’s move to disqualify him and 15 other rebel MLAs, Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray’s team said they are prepared for a legal battle.
The Eknath Shinde camp has also challenged the rejection of the no-confidence motion against Deputy Speaker Narahari Zirwal. The rebels have sought directions to Zirwal to not take any action on the disqualification plea, which was filed by the Shiv Sena last week, till the matter of his removal is decided.
Senior advocate Devdutt Kamat who is also the legal advisor for Shiv Sena, meanwhile, asserted that the Deputy Speaker has all the powers to adjudicate in the absence of the Speaker. He said that the concept of 2/3rd majority applies only when there is a merger with another party.
Meanwhile, Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Raut was today served summons by the Enforcement Directorate in a money laundering case. This comes hours after Raut said that his party is ready for a “street fight and a legal battle”.
Uday Sawant on Sunday became the ninth Maharashtra Minister to join the rebels who have been camping in a Guwahati hotel in BJP-ruled Assam for the last five days. Shinde has claimed that he has the support of more than 50 MLAs, of whom nearly 40 are from Shiv Sena.
Meanwhile, luxury hotel Radisson Blu Guwahati, where the rebel MLAs are holed up, has stopped taking new booking requests till June 30. Sources say BJP youth wing members have been put on shifts to help them with the logistics throughout the day.