Mumbai, Amid the ongoing political public and private wars, the next big challenge before the Bharatiya Janata Party, Shiv Sena, Nationalist Congress Party and Congress will be during the crucial Maharashtra Assembly session later this week, political and legal experts said.
On Saturday, the NCP sacked its legislature party leader – now Deputy Chief Minister – Ajit Pawar, and replaced him with its state President Jayant Patil, at the height of the crisis currently rocking the country’s second most politically significant state.
“The NCP has duly informed the Governor’s office, where it is taken on record, since there is no legislature right now. Effectively,Ajit Pawar is no longer the leader of NCP Legislature Party, and hence, any of his actions now would be of no consequence,” said a constitutional law expert requesting anonymity.
The Pro-Tem Speaker – usually the senior-most elected legislator – to be appointed and sworn-in by Governor B.S. Koshyari, will conduct the oath-taking ceremony of all the 287 MLAs – excluding himself – since he has already been sworn-in.
“This will pave the way for the first major political and constitutional trial on the floor of the Assembly – the election of Speaker for the ruling party. In this case, the BJP and Ajit Pawar’s claimed support of NCP MLAs must get their Speaker elected. Otherwise, the government will automatically collapse,” the expert said...