Maharashtra Politics: Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla has accepted the demand of the Shinde faction of Shiv Sena to change the Leader of the House. Now the leader of Shiv Sena in the House will be Rahul Shewale while Bhavna Gawli has been retained as the Chief Whip. The Speaker referred to the suggestion made by the Attorney General to the Supreme Court on January 12, 1988, that the leader of a party is the one who has the majority.
In his decision, the speaker has also referred to the case of LJP in June last year in which 5 out of 6 MPs of the party had chosen Pashupati Paras as their leader. Earlier on Tuesday evening, Maharashtra Chief Minister Eknath Shinde claimed that Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla has recognized Rahul Shewale as Shiv Sena leader in the Lok Sabha. Chief Minister Shinde said that Shiv Sena MPs have also supported our stand to uphold the ideals of Balasaheb Thackeray.
Shinde faction MPs met Speaker
12 Lok Sabha members of Shiv Sena, including Maharashtra Chief Minister Eknath Shinde’s son and MP Shrikant Shinde, today met Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla and urged him to change the leader of their party in the lower house. The rebel Shiv Sena MPs met Om Birla a day after the party’s Leader of the House Vinayak Raut submitted a letter to the Lok Sabha Speaker requesting him not to accept any memorandum from the opposition camp.
What did the Shinde faction MP say?
Hemant Godse, one of the 12 MPs of Shinde faction who met the speaker, had said, “12 Lok Sabha members of Shiv Sena met Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla and Rahul Shewale (in place of Vinayak Raut). Rahul Shewale) to be appointed as the leader of the party in the House.” Let us tell you that on Monday, Vinayak Raut had clarified in a letter submitted to the Lok Sabha Speaker that he is the duly appointed leader of the Shiv Sena Parliamentary Party and Rajan Vichare is the chief whip.
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