Mumbai: Burning from a mutiny that continued to grow on Sunday with the addition of its ninth minister, Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray’s team pleaded as to why the number of members of the rebel camp – now estimated to more than 40 deputies (out of 55) – won that doesn’t mean much.
“There is a narrative in the media that just because they (the rebels) have a 2/3 majority they will not be disqualified. You can ask any constitutional scholar, it’s totally wrong. The concept of 2/3 only applies in case of merger with another party,” lead lawyer Devadatt Kamat said during a briefing in Mumbai with Shiv Sena MP Arvind Sawant.
“A procedure (of disqualification) has been initiated by the Shiv Sena against 16 deputies. There are several judgments … the Supreme Court said that the action of a legislator outside the House, if he commits anti-party activities, he is liable to be disqualified,” he said .
Mr. Kamat also gave the example of how former Janata Dal-United leader Sharad Yadav was disqualified because he attended a rally organized by the enemy-turned-friend-turned-enemy leader of the party Nitish Kumar, Lalu Prasad Yadav.
“The act of going to a foreign state, a BJP-run state, meeting with BJP leaders, trying to overthrow the government, writing letters against the government, amounts to a clear violation. . This is our appeal to the President,” he said. .
“They also say that the vice president has no skills. It is also totally false. In the absence of a president, the vice-president has all the powers. We will urge these 16 MPs to be disqualified and face the electorate,” the lawyer said.