Maharashtra: Eknath Shinde, a rebel Shiv Sena leader, petitions the Supreme Court to overturn his disqualification

Eknath Shinde, the head of the breakaway Shiv Sena, has filed a case with the Supreme Court to challenge the Deputy Speaker’s disqualification notifications issued to rebel Maharashtra MLAs. In order to avoid taking any action against rebel MLAs regarding disqualification under the MLA Defection Rules, Mr. Shinde has asked the Deputy Speaker for guidance. Until the resolution to remove the Deputy Speaker is approved, the petitioner further asked for permission to refrain from taking any action against the dissident MLAs. Eknath Shinde’s appeal of the disqualification notice will be heard today by an apex court vacation bench.

Maharashtra: Eknath Shinde, a rebel Shiv Sena leader, petitions the Supreme Court to overturn his disqualification

The plea also challenges the appointment of Ajay Chaudhary as the Shiv Sena’s legislative leader in the House in place of Mr Shinde. The plea also sought direction from concerned authorities to provide security to the family of the Petitioner and all his supporters within the Shiv Sena Legislature Party (SSLP).

In the petition, Mr Shinde termed the action against him and others as arbitrary and illegal exercise of provisions of Schedule X of the Constitution of India.

Maharashtra: Eknath Shinde, a rebel Shiv Sena leader, petitions the Supreme Court to overturn his disqualification

Mr Shinde, who has been replaced by Ajay Chaudhary as Shiv Sena’s legislature party leader on Friday, is currently camping with over 40 rebel MLAs in Guwahati.

Maharashtra: Eknath Shinde, a rebel Shiv Sena leader, petitions the Supreme Court to overturn his disqualification

Another 3,000 metric tonnes of wheat are sent to Afghanistan by India.

Yesterday, India sent Afghanistan its subsequent supply of 3,000 metric tonnes of wheat. India’s commitment to provide humanitarian aid to the Afghan people, according to External Affairs Ministry spokesman Arindam Bagchi, is unwavering. In cooperation with the World Food Programme, India has so far successfully delivered 33 500 MT of wheat to Afghanistan.