Here are the latest updates on the ongoing political turmoil in Maharashtra politics
The Supreme Court gave rebel lawmakers Shiv Sena Monday until July 12 to respond to a message from Vice-President Narhari Zirwal launching disqualification proceedings against them for defecting. Rebel Shiv Sena leader Eknath Shinde’s son and party member Shrikant Shinde said on Monday that Maharashtra Vice-Chairman Narhari Zirwal had pressured the disqualification of his father and 15 other dissident lawmakers. Senior Congress and NCP leaders met Prime Minister Uddhav Thackeray on Monday, hours after the Supreme Court suspended the disqualification process for the Assembly’s vice-chairman until July 11, seeking answers to pleas from rebel MLAs questioning the legality of the move. Question notices requesting their disqualification.
Maharashtra Tourism Minister Aaditya Thackeray claimed on Monday that 15 to 20 Shiv Sena MLAs who have joined the rebel camp are in contact with him and have urged the party to return them to Mumbai from Guwahati, where they have joined forces. They are being accommodated in a hotel with cabinet minister Eknath Shinde whose rebellion has pushed the MVA government into a major crisis. When he took action against the rebels, Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray rearranged the portfolios of the state cabinet. Departments with rebel ministers have been handed over to ministers still with the Thackeray camp.
The Enforcement Directorate has summoned Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut in a money laundering case linked to HDIL promoters Rakesh and Sarang Wadhawan. The Rebellion of Mr. Shinde is the most significant in the group’s 56-year history as it threatens to bring down the party-led government in Maharashtra. At the same time, the other uprisings took place when it was out of power in the state.
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Sanjay Raut wants more time to appear before ED; his lawyer submits a letter to the investigative agency in Mumbai.
An official said that Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Raut requested more time to appear before the Enforcement Directorate (ED) in connection with a money laundering investigation.
The ED had subpoenaed Rajya Sabha member Raut on Tuesday for questioning in the money laundering investigation linked to the redevelopment of a Mumbai ‘chawl’ and other related financial transactions involving his wife and friends. -PTI
Maha governor requests details of government orders issued June 22-24
Maharashtra Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari has asked the Secretary of State to provide full information on all Government Resolutions (GRs) and Circulars issued by the State Government from June 22-24, according to a letter from his Chief Secretary Santosh Kumar, a directive coming in amid a political crisis caused by an uprising in the Shiv Sena. The direction to provide information comes after the departments — mostly controlled by ruling allies NCP and Congress —- issued government orders to release funds worth hundreds of crores from June 22-24 for various development-related works. -PTI