Eknath Shinde reaches Delhi; Will discuss on OBC reservation in Maharashtra

Highlight

  • Soon after reaching the national capital, Shinde headed towards Maharashtra Sadan.
  • Maharashtra government committed to providing justice to OBCs: Shinde
  • We discussed the preparation of the OBC reservation case with the lawyers, they said

Eknath Shinde reached Delhi in the early hours of Tuesday. As per the details, Maharashtra Chief Minister will discuss about the Other Backward Classes (OBC) reservation in Delhi and said that the state government is committed to provide them justice. Shinde left for Maharashtra Sadan soon after reaching the national capital.

Speaking to the media, Shinde said, “I have come to Delhi to discuss about OBC reservation as Maharashtra government is committed to provide justice to OBCs. It is important from the state’s point of view. We have discussed our discussions with lawyers. Discussed preparation. OBC reservation matter (in SC).”

Responding to a petition in the Supreme Court by the Uddhav Thackeray camp challenging the disqualification, which is to be heard on July 20, the Maharashtra chief minister said he has faith in the judiciary.

“We have unwavering faith and trust in our judiciary. Majority (in the assembly) matters in a democracy. We have followed all the rules,” Shinde said.

Uddhav Thackeray’s petition in Supreme Court

The Supreme Court will hear the petitions filed by both the Shiv Sena factions related to the political crisis in Maharashtra on July 20.

A bench of Chief Justice of India NV Ramana, Justices Krishna Murari and Hema Kohli will hear the petitions filed by the Uddhav Thackeray-led camp and the Eknath Shinde camp on Wednesday.

The Uddhav Thackeray-led faction had approached the apex court challenging Maharashtra Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari’s decision to invite Eknath Shinde to form the government and the election of the speaker and the floor test.

He had also challenged the action of the newly-appointed Speaker of the Maharashtra Legislative Assembly to treat the whip of the Chief Minister Eknath Shinde group as the whip of the Shiv Sena. The petition states that the newly-appointed president does not have the right to recognize the whip nominated by Shinde as Uddhav Thackeray is still the head of the official party of Shiv Sena.

Sunil Prabhu of the Thackeray camp had filed a petition seeking suspension of new Chief Minister Eknath Shinde and 15 rebel MLAs, against whom disqualification petitions are pending, from the Maharashtra Assembly.

The Shinde group has challenged the disqualification notices issued by the deputy speaker to the 16 rebel MLAs and also the appointment of Ajay Choudhary as the leader of the Shiv Sena legislature party is pending before the apex court.

On June 29, the apex court cleared a floor test in the Maharashtra Assembly on June 30. Maharashtra Governor refused to stay a direction to then Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray to prove his majority support on the floor of the House. On June 30, the bench had issued notice on Prabhu’s plea against the floor test.

Following the apex court’s order, Uddhav Thackeray announced his resignation from the chief minister’s post and Eknath Shinde was later sworn in as the chief minister.

(with inputs from ANI)

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