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A party can't have 2 whips, Thackeray faction MLAs have to follow whip issued by Gogavale: Rahul Narwekar

Updated on: 12 January,2024 03:17 PM IST  |  Mumbai
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Narwekar said he has diligently followed the Supreme Court's guidelines while giving his judgment on the cross-petitions by Sena factions seeking disqualification of each other's MLAs following a split in the party in 2022, and his decision is "tenable"

A party can't have 2 whips, Thackeray faction MLAs have to follow whip issued by Gogavale: Rahul Narwekar

Rahul Narwekar. File Pic

Maharashtra Speaker Rahul Narwekar on Friday said there is only one Shiv Sena legislative party in the state legislature and Thackeray faction MLAs will have to adhere to the whip issued by Chief Minister Eknath Shinde-led camp's whip Bharat Gogavale, recognised by him, reported news agency PTI.


Speaking to a news channel, Narwekar said he has diligently followed the Supreme Court's guidelines while giving his judgment on the cross-petitions by Sena factions seeking disqualification of each other's MLAs following a split in the party in 2022, and his decision is "tenable", reported PTI.


Narwekar has come under intense criticism from the opposition, especially the Uddhav Thackeray-led Shiv Sena (UBT) for recognising the Shinde outfit as the "real" Shiv Sena. Thackeray has termed the verdict a "murder of democracy" and said his party will move the Supreme Court against it, reported PTI.


"I had to decide which of the two groups in the legislature represents the original political party. No party can have two whips. So Thackeray faction MLAs have to adhere to the whip recognised by me," Narwekar said, reported PTI.

Whip is binding to party MLAs failing which it can attract disqualification.

When asked whether the Shiv Sena (UBT) group exists before him, Narwekar said, "There is only Shiv Sena legislative party before the speaker."

When further asked whether Gogavale's whip will be applicable to the Thackeray camp, Narwekar said, "Whip of the legislative party to which the Thackeray camp MLAs belong will be applicable to them."

Narwekar on Wednesday gave his order on disqualification petitions concerning Shiv Sena MLAs. He recognised the Shinde-led party as the ¿real political party¿ and also Gogavale as the party whip, reported PTI.

Defending his decision to not recognise the 2018 constitution of the Shiv Sena, Narwekar said those who have been elected to the national executive were communicated to the Election Commission of India, but their letter does not mention that a copy of the party constitution has been attached to it, reported PTI.

He said according to the state legislature rules, after a political party gets recognition as the legislative party, it has to submit a copy of its constitution and organisational structure to the speaker's office in 30 days, reported PTI.

"But unfortunately, neither Uddhav Thackeray nor Eknath Shinde communicated it to the speaker's office," Narwekar said.

(With inputs from PTI)

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