Maharashtra Deputy Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis on Tuesday said the Shiv Sena-BJP government will remain stable, remarks coming a day ahead of the verdict to be pronounced by the assembly speaker on disqualification petitions against CM Eknath Shinde and other MLAs of Shiv Sena. The senior BJP leader stressed that the alliance government is "legal" and hoped the speaker's ruling will give justice to them.
Speaker Rahul Narwekar to deliver result on Jan 10
Maharashtra assembly speaker Rahul Narwekar will deliver the verdict on the disqualification petitions against Chief Minister Eknath Shinde and several MLAs whose rebellion had split the Shiv Sena in June 2022, Vidhan Bhavan officials said on Monday. The Supreme Court had set the deadline for delivering the ruling on December 31, 2023, which was subsequently extended till January 10.
"The speaker will take a proper and legal decision. Our side is strong. The government formed by us (BJP and Shiv Sena led by Eknath Shinde) is legally strong. We expect that we will get justice from the Speaker.... Our government was stable yesterday, and it will remain stable tomorrow as well," Fadnavis told reporters in Nagpur.
CM Eknath Shinde, along with several MLAs rebelled against Thackeray in June 2022
In June 2022, Eknath Shinde and several MLAs rebelled against the then chief minister Uddhav Thackeray, leading to a split in the Shiv Sena and fall of the Maha Vikas Aghadi, which also comprised the Nationalist Congress Party and the Congress.
Cross petitions were filed by the Shinde and Thackeray factions seeking action against each other under anti-defection laws. "The verdict is expected to be out after 4 pm on January 10. The Speaker's office is finalising the verdict," Vidhan Bhavan officials said.