Senior lawyer Kapil Sibal, who argued for Uddhav Thackeray’s faction in the Supreme Court, said the political party will be decided by the Election Commission. He said that he cannot announce a political party sitting in Guwahati.
Senior advocate Kapil Sibal, who appeared for the Uddhav Thackeray faction of the Shiv Sena, argued in the Supreme Court that the Eknath Shinde faction cannot claim to be the original party. “You cannot claim to be a political party. And you say you are a political party sitting in Guwahati. A political party is decided by the Election Commission. You cannot sit in Guwahati and declare.
Senior advocate Abhishek Singhvi, appearing for Uddhav, said he was not claiming that the only justification for the Eknath Shinde camp was to merge with the BJP.
A bench comprising Chief Justice NV Ramana, Justice Krishna Murari and Justice Hima Kohli heard the petitions filed by Maharashtra Chief Minister Eknath Shinde’s faction and former chief minister Uddhav Thackeray’s faction on the political impasse.
Harish Salve, who appeared for the Eknath Shinde faction, said, “In India we confuse political parties with some leaders. I belong to Shiv Sena. My Chief Minister refuses to meet me. I want a change in CM. This is not an anti-party, it is an internal party.”
“If there are a large number of MLAs who are not satisfied with the Chief Minister’s performance and want a change, why not say they should have a new leadership contest?” Salve said.
Salve argued that the supporters of Eknath Shinde had not given up their party membership and non-attendance at the meeting did not amount to vacating the membership.
(With input from Bureau, Livelaw)
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