“Win For Hindutuva”: Sena Rebel Eknath Shinde As His Group Gets Relief From SC

Supreme Court gave time until July 12 for rebel Sena MLAs to respond to notices for their possible disqualification from assembly membership.

In a tweet in Marathi, Mr Shinde said, “This is a win for the Hindutva of Balasaheb Thackeray, Emperor of Hindus’ Hearts; and for the ideas of Dharmaveer Anand Dighe Saheb.”

Anand Dighe, a top Sena figure from Mr. Shinde’s bastion of Thane, and Bal Thackeray, the father of Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray, who founded the Shiv Sena, were both mentioned in that one phrase.

Hindutva is highlighted by the Shinde camp as the reason the Shiv Sena must break off its coalition with the NCP and Congress and reestablish a relationship with the BJP, its “natural ideological ally.” The BJP, the center-right government’s dominant party, has claimed that is only an excuse.

The Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) alliance in Maharashtra, according to Eknath Shinde’s petition to the Supreme Court, has lost the majority. Of the 55 Shiv Sena lawmakers, 38 were claimed to have “withdrawn support.”

While this was going on, a group of individuals sued Mr. Shinde and other renegade Sena MLAs in the Bombay High Court on grounds of public interest, charging them with “political upheaval.” The group requested that the court order these officials to report back to the state and continue their responsibilities. The Shinde faction has been residing in a hotel in Guwahati, Assam, which is under BJP rule.

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