Poonam I Kaushish
Tired and bored of India-China war game on India’s eastern front? Turn your attention to the West Bank, where first-rate emotional politics are being staged. The political saga of “Aya Ram Gaya Ram”, “Garbar Ghotala”, “Sacha Jhuta” and “Mirch-Masala” are full of democratic rules. A roller coaster, where Operation Original and Operation Fake are thanks to Operation Rebels.
Under the leadership of Urban Development Minister Eknath Shinde, 39 out of 55 Shiv Sena MLAs have revolted against Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray. A frustrated Sena is busy threatening Shinde and 15 others with disqualification notices.
Undoubtedly, these incidents once again ruthlessly reveal two reprehensible aspects of the democratic nature of our rulers. At the political level, the regime is unashamedly a glue to the meager-my-my-my-my-yours, and power in the deals, side deals and underhand deals.
The Deputy Speaker (the NCP MLAs serving as president, who is yet to be elected) has become a convenient tool of the MVA to oppose 16 rebels by issuing disqualification notices and passing no-confidence motions against them, creating bad blood among Lilliputian politicians. . Centrally appointed governors are also under scrutiny.
The coming days will be a test for both the constitutional bodies as the Supreme Court has given interim directions allowing the Shinde group to reply to the disqualification notice till July 11. Adding, “Any change in the strength and composition of the Legislative Assembly by disqualifying the existing MLAs for the period pending the notice of resolution to remove the Speaker (or Deputy Speaker) shall be inconsistent with the explicit order of the clause. 179 (c). “
In which it is stated that: A member holding the post of Speaker or Deputy Speaker may be removed from office by a resolution of the Legislative Assembly approved by a majority of all the then members of the Legislative Assembly. If a resolution is tabled, it should have the right to vote.
This means that even MLAs who are eligible to be disqualified have the right to vote on a resolution to remove the Speaker, so it cannot prevent such members from voting on the resolution by disqualifying them in advance and therefore cannot prevent them from proceeding.
Furthermore, it cites the verdict of the Arunachal Pradesh Legislative Assembly against Nabam Rebia, Vice-Chairman, where it states that if the Speaker is constitutionally admissible to decide on disqualification petitions under the Tenth Schedule, a notice of resolution for his own dismissal is pending in the Speaker’s Office. Even before the assembly session, Speaker Rebia questioned how the rebel MLAs were disqualified on the grounds of defection.
Alternatively, if the decision to remove the Speaker was taken earlier after 14 days’ notice as required and the resolution is defeated, the Speaker will be in a position to decide the disqualification of the MLAs before considering the motion of confidence. Assembly. This will ensure that disqualified members do not have the right to vote on a no-confidence motion.
According to the Tenth Schedule, an MLA can be disqualified for two reasons: one, if he voluntarily relinquishes his membership of the party on whose ticket he was elected. Two, he is not excused if he violates the party whip in the Legislative Assembly without the prior permission of the party or violates the party instructions within 15 days from the date of polling or is absent.
Funnily enough, a vote cast by an MLA in violation of a party directive will be treated as a valid vote, although the MLA may be disqualified for reasons of defection. As a result, the ruling party and the presiding officer of the Legislative Assembly are forced to decide on the issue of disqualification before a vote of confidence is taken.
In addition, the rebel group could write a letter to Governor Koshiyari to press for an early floor test in the Assembly and claim the support of more than 39 Army MLAs, including several independents. It is the government’s prerogative to convene the assembly in normal times, but since the army has to deal with insurgency from within, the governor can use his discretion to order a trial.
On the second level, Shinde’s followers emphasize the unavailability of Uddhav, reliance on some advisers, leadership failure due to his inherent resistance to play 24 × 7 politicians, confusion among MLAs about his son Moha, inability or unwillingness to accommodate his growing ambitions. At the same time, instead of expanding the social base of the Sena, Uddhav almost ignored Matoshri’s Mumbai and the cash-rich BMC, and neglected the rural and mofasil areas.
Apart from this, he sidestepped the Hindutva ideology and joined hands with the rival NCP-Congress. He will not shy away from ending the MVA and renewing the former BJP-Sena alliance as he is the true successor of Sena’s charismatic founder Balasaheb Thackeray, not his cruel son.
But since Uddhav has reasonable control over the party system, Shiv Sena leaders give him concessions. He noted that none of the 12 leaders supported Shinde, only four of the 32 deputy leaders, none of the five secretaries and some of the 33 liaison chiefs and 101 district chiefs. Moreover, the common maniacs are loyal to the family.
Interestingly, Thackeray was preparing to resign last week after realizing that “there is no way out”, but Pawar, who allegedly plowed the alliance, did not resign. Today he is stuck in a rocky and difficult place. They will have to keep the army intact, failing which their group will be established as the real army. He can sacrifice MVA to save his party.
However, a split in the army is inevitable. In such a case, the Shinde faction can either join the BJP or form an alliance with it by claiming to be an official army. No matter which way Shinde goes, he will have to rely on the BJP to contest the next elections.
The government will remain in power while formulating a strategy for NCP supremo Uddhav, Pawar said, adding that he has tried to resolve the extremely difficult situation. The three strange bedfellows never trusted each other, each pulling each other in a different direction.
The BJP, hurt by the breakup with the Sena in 2019, has sealed the opportunity and is fishing in troubled waters depending on the wait-and-see approach as there is nothing to lose in Assam under its leadership and with the help of investigative agencies. . Two senior NCP ministers are in jail on corruption charges.
What’s next There is no doubt that defection is part of politics. However, the fragmented verdicts do not justify Gaddi and Gaddi’s free politics, which has become a moving Gaddi, with no stopping!
It is time to set up healthy and compassionate conventions for higher constitutional offices that must uphold justice, honesty and constitutional values and conventions. Remember, organizations are important, not men. A person can tit for a person but not tat on the state. It is imperative to get our democracy back on track. (INFA)