Sharad Pawar has asked the Supreme Court to take action against the rebel MLA. Mumbai News

The Sharad Pawar-led Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) has approached the Supreme Court and sought directions from Maharashtra Assembly Speaker Rahul Narvekar to take action against MLAs who have switched allegiance to Ajit Pawar. . The NCP has filed disqualification petitions against 40 MLAs for anti-party activities after Ajit Pawar quit the party and joined the coalition government as deputy chief minister.

Pune, India – October 29, 2018: Nationalist Congress Party leaders Ajit Pawar and Sharad Pawar attend the Samudhan Bachao (Save the Constitution) rally at Ganesh Kala Krida Manch on Monday. in Pune, India, on Monday, October 29, 2018. (Photo by Rahul Rawat/HT PHOTO)

The Supreme Court is expected to hear the petition on Monday. This move has come at a time when the Election Commission has started hearing on the petition of Ajit Pawar claiming the name of the party and its election symbol.

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The party is trying to compel the Speaker to dispose of the impeachment case filed by him in light of the Supreme Court’s remarks directing him to file against Chief Minister Eknath Shinde and his party MLAs. Give a timeline for adjudication of disqualification petitions within one week. Insiders said the Shiv Sena split and tied up with the BJP to form a new government in June 2022.

“On behalf of our party (Sharad Pawar-led NCP), Maharashtra President Jayant Patil has filed a writ petition in the Supreme Court on September 24. We have sought directions from the Speaker who filed our first disqualification petition. Nothing has been done in over three months since. It was filed before them on July 2,” said an NCP insider.

The NCP has filed three petitions to disqualify the rebel MLA. The first petition was filed against nine MLAs including Ajit Pawar, the second petition against 20 MLAs and the third petition against 11 MLAs. “The purpose of the petition is to speed up our case as we fear that the Speaker will rule in favor of the Ajit faction. This will help us to approach the Supreme Court and if the Speaker’s decision is against us, we can get them in a short period of time. will be disqualified.

The Ajit Pawar-led NCP faction has also filed a caveat in the Supreme Court. Praful Patel, national president of the Ajith-led faction, confirmed this. “Since they have filed a petition, we have also submitted a caveat asking the court not to pass any order without hearing us,” he said.

The faction led by Ajith believes that nothing will happen to them. “We know that the Supreme Court refused to interfere with the speaker’s jurisdiction in the Shiv Sena v Eknath Shinde case. This means the same will be repeated in our case,” said one of the Ajith-led faction. “At most, the apex court will ask Narvekar to deliver its verdict in due course and elections could be held any time next year,” the insider said.

Meanwhile, the second hearing by the Election Commission of India (ECI) on the petition filed by the rebel faction of the NCP over the party’s name and symbol will also be held on Monday.

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