The Sharad Pawar-led Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) has approached the Supreme Court seeking directions to Maharashtra Assembly Speaker Rahul Narwekar to take action against MLAs who have switched allegiance to Ajit Pawar. The NCP has filed disqualification petitions against 40 MLAs for anti-party activities after Ajit Pawar split the party and joined the coalition government as deputy chief minister.
The SC is expected to hear the petition on Monday. The move comes at a time when the Election Commission has started hearing Ajit Pawar’s petition, reclaiming the party’s name and its electoral symbol.
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The party seeks to compel the president to resolve the disqualification case filed by them in the light of the SC’s comments directing it to detail the schedule within a week for adjudication of the disqualification petitions filed against chief minister Eknath Shinde and the His party’s MLA who split Shiv Sena and joined hands with BJP to form a new government in June 2022, insiders said.
“On behalf of our party (Sharad Pawar led the NCP), Maharashtra President Jayant Patil filed a writ petition in the Supreme Court on September 24. We have sought directives for the president who has done nothing in more than three months since our first request for disqualification. was presented before him on July 2,” said an NCP source.
The NCP has filed three petitions for disqualification of rebel MLAs. The first petition was filed against nine MLAs including Ajit Pawar, the second petition was against 20 MLAs and the third against eleven MLAs. “The objective of the petition is to expedite our case as we fear that the president will decide in favor of the Ajit faction. “This will help us approach the SC and get them disqualified in a short period of time if the president’s decision is against us,” he added.
The NCP faction led by Ajit Pawar also filed a warning before the high court. Praful Patel, acting national president of the Ajit-led faction, confirmed this. “Since they filed a petition, we have also filed a caveat asking the court not to pass any order without hearing our side,” he said.
The faction led by Ajit is of the opinion that nothing will happen to them. “We know that the Supreme Court has refused to intervene in the speaker’s jurisdiction in the Shiv Sena versus Eknath Shinde case. It means the same will be repeated in our case,” said a member of the Ajit-led faction, adding, “At most, the high court will ask Narwekar to give its ruling within a reasonable time and elections can be held at any time.” time next year. .”
Meanwhile, the second hearing of the Election Commission of India (ECI) on a petition filed by the NCP rebel faction claiming the party’s name and symbol will also take place on Monday.