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Team Shinde Wins Speaker Election Ahead Of No-Trust Vote: 10

Eknath Shinde maintains that he is Sena's Legislature Party leaderMumbai: A day before a vote in the Maharashtra assembly to prove its majority, Chief Minister Eknath Shinde's camp scored a…

Eknath Shinde maintains that he is Sena’s Legislature Party leader

Mumbai: A day before a vote in the Maharashtra assembly to prove its majority, Chief Minister Eknath Shinde’s camp scored a big win on Sunday, getting its choice of Speaker elected.

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  1. BJP legislator Rahul Narvekar easily went past the majority mark as voting to elect the Maharashtra Assembly Speaker was held via head count with 164 votes. He was up against Shiv Sena MLA Rajan Salvi of the Uddhav Thackeray team who got 107.

  2. Earlier, the two Shiv Sena factions, one headed by Uddhav Thackeray and the other led by Eknath Shinde, issued whips asking the MLAs to vote for their respective Speaker candidates.

  3. The post of Assembly Speaker has been lying vacant since Nana Patole of Congress resigned in February 2021 to become his party’s state unit president. Deputy Speaker Narhari Zirwal had been officiating as the acting Speaker.

  4. The election for the post of Assembly Speaker is crucial in view of the recent turn of events in the state. Legal experts say that the Speaker may dismiss the disqualification proceedings against 16 rebel MLAs, including newly sworn-in Chief Minister Eknath Shinde. The disqualification notices were issued to them by Deputy Speaker Narhari Zirwal last month.

  5. Further, if the Speaker recognises the Shinde faction as the “real” Shiv Sena, the group will not be required to merge with any other political party, experts say. Eknath Shinde has contended that he is Sena’s Legislature Party Leader as he enjoys 2/3rd majority.

  6. The Eknath Shinde government will face the test of strength in the assembly on Monday. Mr Shinde landed in Mumbai last evening along with 50 MLAs, including 39 Sena rebels – who were staying at a Goa hotel after returning from Assam. 

  7. On Friday, Shiv Sena Chief Uddhav Thackeray removed Mr Shinde as the party leader for indulging in “anti-party activities”. The Shinde faction says it will challenge the decision as it is the “real” Sena now.

  8. Uddhav Thackeray resigned as the Chief Minister on Wednesday after the Supreme Court refused to stay the no-trust vote in the house that was ordered by Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari.

  9. The Supreme Court will on July 11 hear the plea of Shiv Sena chief whip Sunil Prabhu seeking suspension of 16 rebel MLAs, against whom disqualification pleas are pending. On the same day, the top court will also hear the petitions moved by the Shinde faction challenging their disqualification.

  10. Last month, the Supreme Court extended the deadline given to the rebels to file their responses to the disqualification notices till July 12. The Shinde faction in its plea had claimed that the Deputy Speaker can’t decide on their disqualification as a no-confidence motion was pending against him. 

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