Mumbai, Maharashtra – The disqualification proceedings against 16 MLAs from the Shinde camp have raised questions about the survival of the Eknath Shinde government in Maharashtra. As the political turmoil unfolds, all eyes are on the outcome of these proceedings, which could potentially impact the stability of the ruling coalition.
The Shiv Sena (UBT) delegation recently handed over a letter to the Maharashtra Deputy Speaker, urging expedited action in the disqualification of the 16 MLAs. However, NCP leader Ajit Pawar expressed confidence that even if these MLAs are disqualified, it would not lead to the fall of the government. Pawar argued that the government would maintain its majority in the 288-member assembly, even with the disqualification of 16 MLAs.
The ruling coalition of Eknath Shinde’s Shiv Sena and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) currently holds 145 MLAs, with the overall coalition enjoying the support of 162 MLAs. This number is 17 more than the required majority to form the government. However, the disqualification of the 16 MLAs could potentially reduce the coalition’s majority, creating a challenging situation for the government.
The Supreme Court’s recent verdict, allowing the Speaker to adjudicate the disqualification, has added fresh impetus to the Shiv Sena crisis. Former Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray has called for a prompt decision on the disqualification of the party MLAs, underscoring the urgency of the situation.
The outcome of the disqualification proceedings will be crucial in determining the future of the Eknath Shinde government. If the MLAs are disqualified and the government loses its majority, it could lead to political realignments and potential power struggles. On the other hand, if the government manages to retain its majority, it would provide a significant boost to its stability.
As the proceedings continue, political analysts and observers are closely monitoring the developments. The coming days will reveal whether the Eknath Shinde government can weather the storm caused by the disqualification proceedings or if it will face significant challenges that could potentially reshape the political landscape in Maharashtra.