Updated January 11th, 2024 at 07:03 IST

Why Shinde Faction Won Maharashtra's Political Tug-of-War | 7 Reasons Rahul Narwekar Cited

Sena vs Sena: Take a look at the 7 reasons Speaker Rahul Narwekar cited which apparently led to the victory of the Shinde Faction.

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7 reasons Speaker Rahul Narwekar cited which apparently led to the victory of the Shinde Faction. | Image:PTI

Sena vs Sena: In a big jolt to Uddhav Thackeray, Maharashtra Speaker Rahul Narwekar on Wednesday said that the "Shinde faction was real Shiv Sena when rival factions emerged". He made the observations while delivering a verdict on cross-petitions by Shiv Sena factions seeking disqualification of rival group MLAs after a split in the party in June last year. The Speaker went into great length on the Shiv Sena constitution while delivering his crucial verdict and said, "decision of Paksha Pramukh cannot be taken as decision of the political party". Take a look at the 7 reasons Speaker Rahul Narwekar cited which apparently led to the victory of the Shinde Faction.  

Shinde Faction Real Shiv Sena: 7 Reasons Speaker Rahul Narwekar Cited 

  • "In my view, the 2018 leadership structure (submitted with ECI) was not as per the Shiv Sena Constitution. Shiv Sena party chief as per the party Constitution cannot remove anyone from the party...Uddhav Thackeray removed Eknath Shinde or any party leader from the party as per the party Constitution. So the removal of Eknath Shinde by Uddhav Thackeray in June 2022 is not accepted based on the Shiv Sena Constitution," the Speaker said.
  • "Also, the will of the members of the leadership structure of 2018 cannot be the will of the political party, as there are contradictory views and claims about the majority in the leadership structure by both factions," he added.
  • The Speaker said that given the evidence and records before him, prima facie these indicate that no elections were held in 2013, as well as in 2018. "However, I as the speaker exercising jurisdiction under the 10th schedule have limited jurisdiction and cannot go beyond the record of the ECI as available on the website and hence I have not considered this aspect while determining the relevant leadership structure.
  • "Thus, given the above conclusions, I find that the leadership structure of Shiv Sena reflected in the letter dated February 27, 2018, available on the website of the ECI is the relevant leadership structure that has to be taken into account to determine which faction is the real political party," he said.
  • The Maharashtra Assembly Speaker noted that both factions have submitted different versions of the constitution. "Then, in that case, what has to be taken into account is the constitution, which was submitted to the ECI with the consent of both parties before the rival factions emerged. Before recording further conclusions, it is imperative to reiterate that under the initiation of this disqualification, the Maharashtra Legislative Secretariat had a letter dated June 7, 2023, requesting the Office of ECI to provide a copy of the party constitution, memorandum, and rules."
  • Narwekar said the constitution of Shiv Sena provided by ECI is the relevant constitution of Shiv Sena for the determination of which faction is the real political party. "Shiv Sena had not submitted any constitution with the speaker of the house as per rule 3 of the legislature rules of 1986. As per the rule, the constitution of the party should have submitted the constitution with the speaker within 30 days of the amendments made to the constitution by the president of the party," he said.
  • "The 2018 amended constitution of Shiv Sena cannot be considered as valid as it's not in the records of the Election Commission of India. As per Supreme Court orders, I cannot delve into any other factor on which the Constitution is valid. As per records, I am relying on the 1999 constitution of Shiv Sena as the valid constitution. The 2018 leadership structure was not in conformity with the constitution of the Shiv Sena (of 1999 which is relied upon). This leadership structure cannot be taken as the yardstick to determine which faction is a real Shiv Sena political party," he added.

Published January 10th, 2024 at 19:45 IST