Ahead of tomorrow’s important hearing in the Apex Court regarding disqualification of rebel Shiv Sena MLAs, Maharashtra Deputy Speaker Narhari Zirwal has told the Supreme Court that here is “no better way to reward defection than offering its leader the post of Chief Minister”. Mr Zirwal said the rebel MLAs should be disqualified and should be suspended until disqualification proceedings are complete.
The Supreme Court, on June 27, had issued notice to the Deputy Speaker after the political turmoil reached the top court. The SC had sought Mr Zirwal’s reply on the plea filed by Eknath Shinde camp against his disqualification notices.
In response to Eknath Shinde’s appeal, Mr Zirwal wrote: “The MLAs have engaged in anti-party activities and deserve to be disqualified as Members of the Maharashtra Assembly.”
Mr Zirwal’s response to the court read that the rebels have committed the “constitutional sin of defection”. Eknath Shinde — who is now the Chief Minister — was “hand-in-glove with the BJP all along”.
The Deputy Speaker said the rebels have committed the “constitutional sin of defection”. Eknath Shinde — who is now the Chief Minister — was “hand-in-glove with the BJP all along. Their conduct is “egregious and palpable” and their membership in the party should be terminated, Mr Zirwal stressed.
The Deputy Speaker also asked the Apex Court to not allow rebels to enter the assembly or to participate in any House proceedings until disqualification proceedings are complete.
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