MAHARASHTRA: The Supreme Court will soon deliver the verdict on the Maharashtra political crisis. The court said on Thursday that it cannot restore the Maha Vikas Aghadi government in Maharashtra since Uddhav Thackeray resigned voluntarily before facing a floor test. However, it said that the then Maharashtra Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari’s decision to call for a floor test that ultimately toppled the Uddhav-Thackeray-led MVA government was not in accordance with the law. The court also referred the 2016 Nabam Rabia verdict on power of speaker on disqualification of MLAs to a larger bench.
The Supreme Court stated that the governor was right in inviting Eknath Shinde-coalition government to form government after Uddhav Thackeray resigned.
Both Eknath Shinde led Shiv Sena and the Uddhav Thackeray led Shiv Sena (UBT) had petitioned the Supreme Court last year in relation to the political crisis in the state. These petitions pertained to the crisis that had taken place in the state last year, following a split within the Shiv Sena party, as a result of which Shinde had become the chief minister and formed a government with the BJP in June 2022.