Real Shiv Sena claim: SC to hear plea of Uddhav group

One-liner: A Constitution bench of the SC on Wednesday said it will hear on Sept 27 an application of Uddhav Thackeray-led faction seeking to restrain the EC from deciding on Maharashtra CM Eknath Shinde-led group's claim over the original Shiv Sena party.

Timeline: The bench said it will pass directions indicating the timeline for hearing all other issues emanating from a batch of petitions filed by both sides.

  • The bench was hearing pending cases related to the crisis that led to the fall of the Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) govt in the state

Intervention application: As the matter was taken up for hearing, an advocate appearing for the Shinde faction, told the bench that the opposite side has filed an intervention application seeking to restrain the poll panel from taking any decision.

ECI can't be prevented: He said the Election Commission of India (ECI) can't be prevented from taking any decision and earlier, the top court had refused to stay the proceedings before the poll panel.

No precipitative action: Senior advocate Kapil Sibal, appearing for the Uddhav Thackeray faction, said on Aug 3, a top court bench had orally asked the ECI to not take any precipitative action.

No option for poll panel: Senior advocate Arvind Datar, appearing for the ECI, said it is a process that when there is a complaint under symbols order, the poll panel has no option but to issue notice to the other side.

Bottom line: The Uddhav Thackeray faction of the Shiv Sena had earlier submitted that party MLAs loyal to Maharashtra CM can save themselves from disqualification under the 10th Schedule of the Constitution only by merging with another political party.

Source: PTI