Victory of Balasaheb’s Hindutva, says Eknath Shinde after SC order

“This is the win of the Hindutva of Balasaheb Thackeray and the ideas of Anand Dighe,” Eknath Shinde tweeted after the Supreme Court deferred the disqualification proceedings of rebel MLAs till July 11.

Acting on Eknath Shinde’s petition challenging the disqualification notices issued to him and 15 other rebel MLAs last week, the Supreme Court also extended the deadline given to the rebel MLAs to file their responses to the disqualification notices till July 12. Earlier, they were asked to submit their replies by 5.30 pm today.

“Haste can lead to undesirable consequences,” the top court told the deputy speaker.

All parties have been asked to file counter affidavits within five days. Shinde camp gets three days to respond to counter affidavits.

Next hearing on July 11.

The Supreme Court asked the Maharashtra government to ensure protection of 39 dissident MLAs and their family members.

Meanwhile, various media outlets reported that Uddhav Thackeray wanted to resign as Maharashtra CM today. However, NCP chief Sharad Pawar convinced CM Uddhav to not resign.