Connect with us
Monday,30-January-2023
Breaking News

Maharashtra

SC to examine Uddhav faction’s plea against ECI proceedings to determine ‘real’ Shiv Sena

Published

on

The Supreme Court on Tuesday agreed to list on August 1 a plea filed by the Uddhav Thackeray-led Shiv Sena camp seeking the stay of Election Commission of India (ECI) proceedings on the Eknath Shinde faction’s plea for their recognition as the ‘real’ Shiv Sena.

Senior Advocate Kapil Sibal, representing the Uddhav faction, mentioned the matter before a bench headed by Chief Justice N.V. Ramana seeking an urgent hearing on the matter.

Sibal submitted that “till the court decides, they can’t go to the ECI”.

Senior Advocate Neeraj Kishan Kaul, representing the Shinde faction, said that the petitions before the top court are in connection with the disqualification proceedings initiated by the Speaker and the proceedings before the ECI are distinct.

The top court queried, what is the stage of the proceedings before the ECI.

The bench was informed that a notice has been issued for August 8.

After hearing the brief arguments, the top court tagged the plea along with other petitions filed in relation to the Shiv Sena crisis, scheduled for hearing on August 1.

The plea filed by General Secretary of Shiv Sena Subhash Desai submitted that the respondents purportedly has initiated proceedings under para 15 of the Election Symbols (Reservation and Allotment) Order, 1968 (Symbols Order) interalia seeking to be recognised as the “real Shiv Sena” by the ECI, and are claiming the right to use the election symbol allotted to Shiv Sena — “bow and arrow”.

The plea said on July 20, the top court was assured by the counsel appearing for the Speaker that no further proceedings will be conducted in the matter of disqualification under the Tenth Schedule.

The Uddhav camp urged the top court to stay the proceedings initiated by the ECI on July 22, till the final adjudication by the top court on disqualification of rebel MLAs.

The plea said against the background of proceedings before the apex court, the ECI was requested not to proceed in the matter.

It contended that the ECI was also informed that since the very status of the persons making the petition before it as members of the Legislative Assembly is currently indeterminate and the issue is itself pending decision before the top court, these persons cannot be considered as MLAs of Shiv Sena and their claim or affidavits cannot be relied upon, and therefore, ECI should not proceed with the matter at this stage.

“Despite being asked not to precipitate the matter and stay its hand, the ECI has decided to initiate proceedings under Symbols Order on petition of respondent No. 4 and has issued notice to Uddhav Thackeray and Respondent No. 4 herein, without taking into account the proceedings before this court as well as the oral observation to maintain status quo and in complete disregard of the sanctity of proceedings pending before thisAcourtAand the role expected of the ECI as a constitutional authority,” added the plea.

Maharashtra

Pawar meets LS Speaker to revoke disqualification of Lakshadweep MP

Published

on

By

 Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) leader Sharad Pawar on Monday met Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla and urged him to revoke the disqualification of party’s Lakshadweep MP Mohammed Faizal whose conviction has been suspended by the Kerala High Court.

Pawar said, “As the Kerala High Court suspended the conviction and sentence of the former Lakshadweep MP and hence we appealed to the honourable speaker to consider the matter of suspension.”

He said that he met with the Lok Sabha speaker and requested him to revoke the disqualification of the NCP’s MP.

The Election Commission (EC) on Friday informed the Supreme Court that it will consider the Kerala High Court order, which suspended the conviction of Lakshadweep MP Mohammed Faizal in an attempt to murder case, and take action in accordance with the law.

Advocate Kapil Sibal, appearing for Faizal, submitted before a bench headed by Justice K.M. Joseph that the by-election cannot go on as the high court has suspended the conviction of his client.

Faizal’s conviction had resulted in his disqualification from the Lok Sabha. The bypoll was announced by the EC after Faizal was disqualified following his conviction in the case.

Senior advocate Maninder Singh, representing the EC, contended before the bench, also comprising B.V. Nagarathna, that the action will be taken in accordance with law against the backdrop of the high court order.

Continue Reading

Maharashtra

‘BSS luring NCP corporators with Rs 1 crore’: NCP leader Jitendra Awhad

Published

on

By

Thane: The Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) senior leader and former housing minister Jitendra Awhad made serious allegations against Eknath Shinde’s Shiv Sena faction on Twitter. 

The former minister on Friday tweeted that Balasahebanchi Shiv-Sena (BSS) are luring former NCP corporators from Kalwa and Mumbra by offering them Rs 1 crore; a ticket for the upcoming Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC) elections, and a work contract of Rs 10 crore.

Minister’s tweet creates stir

The tweet by the former housing minister has created a stir in political circles.  

A political expert from Thane on the condition of anonymity said,” Maharashtra Chief Minister Eknath Shinde’s associates for the upcoming TMC elections are planning a strategy to defeat Jitendra Awhad who is regarded as an influential NCP leader from Kalwa and Mumbra. Also, some NCP corporators from Mumbra are preparing for a rebellion and they have the support of the Shinde faction. It is also learnt that Hanmant Jagdale, an effective leader of the NCP party who is also considered to be loyal to NCP chief Sharad Pawar is planning to enter Balasahebanchi Shiv-Sena with his supporters.”

BSS leaders luring NCP corporators

Awhad had made serious allegations against the Shinde faction on Twitter and in the message, he mentioned that, ” Balasahebanchi Shiv-Sena leaders have started luring NCP corporators from Kalwa-Mumbra by openly offering them Rs 1 crore and also Rs 1 crore to their spouses. They have also offered former corporators a ticket and also work of Rs 10 crore. This is the new way to break the NCP corporators. “

As of now, there has been no reaction from the Balasahebanchi Shiv-Sena (BSS).

Continue Reading

Maharashtra

Mumbai: TISS students cancel BBC documentary show after BJYM protests

Published

on

By

Mumbai: The premier Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS)’s Progressive Students Forum cancelled the planned screening of the controversial BBC documentary on Prime Minister Narendra Modi after strong protests by the Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha activists, here on Saturday evening.

A student leader – declining to be quoted – said that the film and the projector could not be taken to the venue in view of the protests and pressures from the TISS management and the Mumbai Police.

“Accordingly, we decided to cancel the screening. However, we have forwarded the entire documentary to all the students and they are watching it on their gadgets like mobiles, laptops or tablets,” he told IANS, adding it has reached over 600 students on the TISS Deonar campus and outside.

The developments came even as the TISS management issued a stern ‘advisory’ on Thursday warning the students of strict action if they went ahead with the plans, followed by another circular this afternoon.

Unrelenting, the Progressive Students Forum (PSF) had said it was intended to be “a symbolic protest” against the government’s move to block access to the documentary and their move was in solidarity with other students’ organisations in campuses across the country.

The PSF’s defiant venture came after similar protests erupted in Delhi against the students of Delhi University and around 24 were detained on Friday, as some other institutions in different parts of the country also attempted similar screenings.

Mumbai unit Bharatiya Janata Party President Ashish Shelar had slammed the TISS-PSF plans to screen the documentary and urged the Maharashtra government to take action against the students for attempting to create law and order problems.

Continue Reading

Trending