Uddhav's Shiv Sena to approach SC to seek stay on Council polls; here's why

June 21,2024

The Shiv Sena (UBT) will approach the Supreme Court seeking a stay on the upcoming Maharashtra Legislative Council (MLC) polls as the MLAs of the ruling parties who will vote in the election face the prospect of disqualification, party leader Sanjay Raut said on Thursday. 

Raut said that observations were made by the top court while hearing the disqualification plea that MLAs of ruling Shiv Sena and the Ajit Pawar-led NCP could be disqualified. "In such circumstances when MLAs could be disqualified and the case is being heard in the Supreme Court, it is unconstitutional that these lawmakers elect MLCs. They do not have any right to vote," he said. 

"We will mention to the Supreme Court that this election is unconstitutional and illegal and the polls must be stayed," Raut said. The Shiv Sena (UBT) has approached the apex court challenging the Maharashtra assembly Speaker Rahul Narwekar's decision to not disqualify its rebel MLAs. 

Shiv Sena (UBT) chief Uddhav Thackeray on Wednesday said no poll should be held for 11 seats of the Legislative Council, where MLAs will be voting, till the top court rules on disqualification pleas related to some members of the assembly. 

Polls for 11 seats of the Legislative Council are slated for July 12. The MLCs will be elected by the MLAs in the state assembly.

(With inputs from PTI)