Maharashtra Chief Minister Eknath Shinde has urged the Supreme Court to dismiss all the petitions filed by the Uddhav Thackeray faction and allow the Election Commission to decide on the real Shiv Sena, NDTV reported on Sunday.
A legal battle is underway between the groups led by Thackeray and Shinde to be recognised as the real Shiv Sena. The Thackeray-led faction has filed six petitions in the Supreme Court challenging the governor’s act of administering the oath of office to Shinde and questioning the election of the Maharashtra Speaker, among other things.
On July 22, the Election Commission directed Thackeray and Shinde to submit documents to prove that their faction of the Shiv Sena has the support of the majority of the party members. The Thackeray-led group has challenged the Election Commission proceedings in the Supreme Court.
The Supreme Court is slated to hear all petitions related to the matter on August 3.
On Sunday, Shinde in his counter-affidavit told the court that his group already has a majority in the party, NDTV reported.
“A group of 15 MLAs cannot call a group of 39 as rebels,” he argued. “It is in fact the other way around.”
Thackeray resigned as the chief minister a day before the trust vote, and so, all his pleas are invalid, Shinde said.
On July 4,…