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Maha Verdict: Fadnavis Ridicules Uddhav Thackeray’s ‘morality’ plea

The Supreme Court’s decision on Thursday to reject the reinstatement of the previous Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) government led by Uddhav Thackeray was welcomed by Devendra Fadnavis, Maharashtra’s deputy chief minister. Fadnavis hailed the decision as a triumph for democracy and the democratic process. He asserted that the apex court’s judgement validated the legality and constitutionality of the Shiv Sena-BJP government while also criticising the actions of then Maharashtra Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari and the appointment of Bharat Gogawale as the whip of the Shiv Sena by the Speaker, which the court deemed illegal.

Uddhav Thackeray, the head of the Shiv Sena (UBT), demanded the resignations of Chief Minister Eknath Shinde and Deputy CM Fadnavis in response to the ruling, drawing comparisons to his own resignation from the party last year.
Following the Supreme Court’s ruling on the Shiv Sena-centered political crisis in the state last year, Thackeray said during a press conference that Chief Minister Eknath Shinde and Deputy Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis should resign on moral grounds like I did.
Countering Thackeray’s demand, Fadnavis remarked that it was not proper for Thackeray to speak about morals, pointing that the Shiv Sena had initially won the assembly elections in coalition with the BJP but subsequently established a government with the Congress.
Announcing that the Speaker would decide on the disqualification petition submitted by both factions based on merit, Chief Minister Shinde praised the decision as a victory for the truth. He emphasized that the Uddhav Thackeray camp had previously claimed that their government was unlawful and unconstitutional, but the Supreme Court’s ruling has dispelled any doubts being propagated. He added that Uddhav Thackeray made the decision to step down as chief minister after realising he didn’t have enough support from his supporters.

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