The speaker of the Maharashtra Assembly, Rahul Narwekar, has issued a schedule for the disqualification petition against Shiv Sena MLAs. The schedule includes dates for replies, arguments, hearings, and submission of documents. The Uddhav Thackeray camp is unhappy with the lengthy schedule and believes it is a tactic to delay the process. This comes after the Supreme Court asked the speaker to set a schedule for the hearings. Aaditya Thackeray, a member of the Uddhav faction, criticized the speaker for protecting the unconstitutional government through delay tactics.
On October 20, Narwekar decide on whether the petitions could be heard together or separately. On October 27, the two sides would present their arguments on which documents should be admitted
On November 6, the two sides would file written replies on which issues should be considered while deciding the issue of disqualification. On November 10, the speaker would hear the two sides on what issues should be looked into while taking the decision on the disqualification. On November 20, the two sides would submit their witness and affidavits to the commission.
On November 23, there would be cross-examination. Two weeks after the completion of cross-examination and hearings, the Assembly Speaker would convey his decision. The Uddhav Thackeray camp is upset about the dates and believes this is again a move to delay the process of hearing the disqualification dates. The publication of the dates comes days after the Supreme Court, while hearing a petition filed by the Uddhav Thackeray faction that there was a delay in hearing the petition, asked the speaker to set down a schedule for conducting the disqualification hearings.
The Uddhav faction is not happy with the schedule and it has again claimed that the schedule stretching to two months was not needed and the speaker should simply club all the disqualification petitions and give his decision.
Hours after the schedule was released, Aaditya Thackeray took to social messaging app ‘X’ to attack the speaker for the the proceedings. “While the ball now lies in the court of the Speaker Rahul Narvekar (in his capacity as a tribunal), it seems the speaker is going beyond his means and framework to protect the unconstitutional government by delay tactics. It is sad to see an unconstitutional government be supported this way.”
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