Mumbai (Maharashtra): The Shiv Sena formally claimed the Leader of Opposition post in the Maharashtra Legislative Council, said sources on Monday.
"Two days ago, a meeting of all the Legislative Council members of Shiv Sena was held under the leadership of Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray. We had unanimously decided that Uddhav Thackeray has all the rights to appoint the party's chief whip. Today we had come to meet the Deputy Speaker of the Legislative Council Neelam Tai Gorhe in the same regard," Shiv Sena's Legislative Council member Manisha Kayande said.
"We have handed them two letters. A letter was about giving all the rights in relation to the appointment of Uddhav Thackeray as the Chief Whip. And the second letter was in reference to the demand of the Deputy Speaker to be appointed by the Shiv Sena, the Leader of the Opposition in the Maharashtra Legislative Council. Since Shiv Sena has the maximum number of MLs in the Upper House Legislative Council, naturally the post of Leader of Opposition belongs to Shiv Sena," he said.
"Shiv Sena will formally claim for the Leader of Opposition post in Upper house of Maharashtra legislature, Legislative council. A delegation of Shivsena MLCs will meet the Deputy Chairman of the Council and submit their letter regarding the same today," said sources.
The reason cited behind the move was that former Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray has still not resigned from the membership of the council yet.
"As Uddhav Thackeray has still not resigned from the membership of the council yet. Shiv Sena has 1 member more than NCP. NCP's Ajit Pawar is already LoP in the Maharashtra Assembly so Shiv Sena is expecting that NCP will not claim the post of LoP in the council," the sources added.