11 May 2023

Maharashtra On Edge As Supreme Court Verdict Today Will Decide Fate Of Sena-BJP Government; What Devendra Fadnavis And Maha Vikas Aghadi Said?

New Delhi: Political circles in Maharashtra are on the edge as the Supreme Court is set to deliver the verdict today i.e. on Thursday on petitions pertaining to the 2022 Shiv Sena-centric political crisis, caused by Shinde's revolt against Uddhav Thackeray-led Shiv Sena.

The top court will deliver the verdict regarding the disqualification of 16 MLAs of Shinde's camp. The judgment will decide the fate of the Sena-BJP government led by Chief Minister Eknath Shinde. Shinde is one of the 16 MLAs whose disqualification plea is before the apex court.

The Supreme Court will pronounce its judgement on political crisis in Maharashtra over the rebellion by Shiv Sena leader Eknath Shinde and other MLAs, leading to fall of Maha Vikas Aghadi government led by Uddhav Thackeray.

A five-judge Constitution bench of CJI Chandrachud and Justices M R Shah, Krishna Murari, Hima Kohli and P S Narasimha had on March 16 reserved its judgements on a batch of petitions filed by both the sides. It is also to be noted that Justice Shah is set to superannuate on May 15.

No question of Shinde resigning: Fadnavis 

Meanwhile, Deputy CM Devendra Fadnavis said the Shinde will continue as the CM and next elections will be contested under Shinde's leadership. He said there was no question of Shinde resigning.

On the other hand, Shiv Sena spokesperson and party MLA Sanjay Shirsat asserted that there is no nervousness in their camp as they had factored in all aspects before revolting last year.

I hope my party will get justice: Aaditya Thackeray

Meanwhile, Opposition bloc Maha Vikas Aghadi leader Aaditya Thackeray said he hoped that his party will get justice. He said that he has faith in the judiciary.

His party colleague and Rajya Sabha MP Sanjay Raut said that the impending verdict will determine the future of the country.

"The Supreme Court judgment will decide whether there is democracy in the country, whether legislatures are functioning as per the Constitution, the judiciary is functioning independently. We are hopeful that we will get justice. I am confident that the Supreme Court of the country is independent," Raut said.

Judgment will be crucial for Indian democracy: NCP 

NCP spokesperson Mahesh Tapase said the judgment will be crucial for Indian democracy and the Constitution. He hoped that the judgment would strengthen the Constitution.

Congress leader Ashok Chavan said whichever way the decision goes, it should be impartial.

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