A Public Interest Litigation against Shiv Sena joining the Maharashtra government was filed in the Bombay High Court on Friday. The matter will come up for hearing on December 8.
The petitioner has asked the court to direct the respondents, including Speaker Haribhau Bagade, Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis and Leader of the Opposition Eknath Shinde (who resigned from the post and was sworn in as a minister on Friday), to prevent the Opposition from joining the ruling benches.
The petition says the Sena, after seeking the Opposition leader’s post in the Assembly, engaged in “horse-trading and merchandising activities for forming an alliance government” with the BJP.
As a no-confidence motion cannot be brought within six months of the government winning the trust vote and as the ruling party cannot be brought down to the Opposition benches during this period, the petition contends, the “opposition party cannot change its status within the same period to switch over to the ruling benches; that too for the sake of cabinet berths”.
It further seeks framing of rules to prevent the Opposition leader from joining the cabinet in any capacity for the same period.