As per the recent observation made by the Supreme Court, 16 rebel MLAs including Shinde have been disqualified as Maharashtra Assembly members. This decision has caused major disruptions in Maharashtra’s political landscape and has been widely talked about in recent days. In this article, we will delve into the details of the case and the aftermath of the Supreme Court’s decision.
Background of the Case
The political turmoil in Maharashtra began in 2019 when the BJP-Shiv Sena alliance secured a majority in the assembly election. However, due to disagreements over power-sharing, the alliance broke down, leading to the formation of an unlikely alliance between the Shiv Sena, the NCP, and the Congress. This led to the formation of the state government, led by Uddhav Thackeray of the Shiv Sena.
However, this coalition was short-lived as allegations of horse-trading and bribery were levelled against certain members of the coalition. The BJP, which had been ousted from power, saw an opportunity to regain power. A total of 22 Congress-NCP MLAs resigned from their posts, with 16 of them joining the BJP. This triggered a series of events that eventually led to the Supreme Court’s observation.
Supreme Court Observation
The Supreme Court’s observation was based on a petition filed by a Shiv Sena MLA, challenging the decision of the Maharashtra Assembly Speaker to not act against the 16 rebel MLAs who had resigned and joined the BJP. The petition argued that these MLAs should be disqualified as they had joined a different political party.
The Supreme Court, after hearing arguments from both sides, observed that these MLAs cannot claim immunity from disqualification as they had resigned from the original party before joining the BJP. The court also observed that the Speaker had acted in an arbitrary manner by not acting against these MLAs.
Aftermath of the Decision
The disqualification of 16 MLAs has shifted the power balance in Maharashtra, giving the ruling coalition a much-needed boost. The BJP, which had been trying to engineer defections in the ruling coalition, has suffered a major setback. The decision has also set a precedent for future cases involving defections and political instability.
The decision has been welcomed by the ruling coalition, with leaders from the Shiv Sena, NCP, and Congress hailing it as a victory for democratic norms and the Constitution. On the other hand, the BJP has criticised the decision, with some leaders calling it biased and motivated.
The Supreme Court’s decision to disqualify 16 rebel MLAs has brought much-needed stability to the political landscape of Maharashtra. While there are differing opinions on the decision, there is no denying that it sets an important precedent for future cases involving defections and political instability. It remains to be seen how this decision will impact the political fortunes of the various parties involved, but for now, Maharashtra can breathe a sigh of relief as its elected representatives can now focus on governing the state without any distractions.