After Maharashtra governor BS Koshyari ordered the MVA administration to establish its majority, it hurried to the Supreme Court yesterday. Uddhav Thackeray has been forced to resign as chief minister after the Supreme Court supported the integrity of the floor test and refused to allow any additional postponement. Disqualification notifications for Shiv Sena rebels should have been sent on July 12 to 16, rather than July 12 to 16. There had been concerns that the floor test might be delayed as a result.
To cut through the haze of competing claims and counterclaims, the use of trust motions has proven effective throughout the years. Ten days have passed since the last episode of Shiv Sena’s internal squabbles. Prolonging the chaos served no purpose for the general people. Delays would have only resulted in even more discontent and instability.
Even though 16 MLAs were facing disqualification, the trust vote proceeded without a hitch. To prevent the floor test from being postponed due to the pending disqualification procedures against MLAs who had resigned their membership in the MP assembly, the Supreme Court ordered in 2020. The Tenth Schedule (Para 4) of the Constitution, on the other hand, permits a breakaway group totaling two-thirds of a political party to remain in the original party or combine with another political party or a new party without being disqualified.
If Eknath Shinde is confirmed to have at least 37 Shiv Sena MLAs on his side, the Udd group has a difficult path ahead. It was Uddhav’s expectation that the return to Mumbai of certain rebels would satisfy their desires. There was little hint of detente despite his pacifist ideals, which ended in his resignation.
The future of Shiv Sena politics is still up in the air: Will Shinde return to playing second fiddle to Thackeray after proven his mettle? It’s safe to say that the MVA project has come to an end. Can the Shiv Sena and the BJP, on the other hand, reestablish their previous alliance? These questions have no simple solutions. In light of the BMC, Thane, and Kalyan-Dombivli municipal elections, Maharashtra politics will be in a state of flux for some time to come.