Sene versus Sena: Paty membership not oath to silence, says Shinde’s lawyer | Latest News India

Senior advocate Kapil Sibal, who argued for the Uddhav Thackeray faction of the Shiv Sena, said whatever happened to the Supreme Court was a mockery of democratic institutions.

As the Supreme Court began hearing the Shiv Sena’s dissent cases on Wednesday, senior lawyer Kapil Sibal, appearing for the Uddhav camp, said the rebel camp must merge if it wants protection against disqualification. “Until the SC decides all points of law, nothing should be done. Let this court also decide on the disqualification petitions,” Sibal said.

Senior advocate Abhishek Singhvi also argued on behalf of the Uddhav Thackeray faction, and the Supreme Court should have stopped the floor test. “The Tenth Schedule has been rendered useless,” he said.

Arguing for Chief Minister Eknath Shinde, senior lawyer Harish Salve said, “What is wrong with the internal democracy of the party? What is wrong in questioning your party leader by gathering enough support within the party without defecting to another party. That is not defection/”

The inquiry comes a day after the Shiv Sena got a new leader from the Eknath Shinde camp in the Lok Sabha – Rahul Shewale. A total of 12 Lok Sabha MPs, including Chief Minister Eknath Shinde’s son Shrikant Eknath Shinde, joined the Eknath Shinde camp and said Uddhav was trying to mend his ties with the BJP.

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