Shiv Sena chief whip gives notice to Uddhav camp MPs for not voting for Shinde in confidence vote, excluding Aaditya

After winning the vote of confidence in the Maharashtra Legislative Assembly, Shiv Sena’s Eknath Shinde faction issued a notice on Monday night to 14 lawmakers from Uddhav Thackeray’s camp for violating a whip issued by Shiv’s chief whip. Sena and Shinde loyalist Bharat Gogawale.

The notice, however, excluded the name of Aaditya Thackeray, son of party leader Uddhav Thackeray, “out of respect”.

The whip issued by Gogawale had asked all Shiv Sena MPs to vote for Eknath Shinde in the vote of confidence. Gogawale was recognized as the chief whip of the Shiv Sena by Maharashtra President Rahul Narvekar on Sunday, a day before the ground test. “It is true that we issued a Whip Violation Notice to Shiv Sena MPs who did not vote for CM Shinde. However, we omitted Aaditya’s name out of respect,” Gogawale told PTI. He said that all Shiv Sena MPs, including those from Uddhav Thackeray’s camp, had worked together for a long time with Uddhav and Aaditya Thackeray. ”We respect them. But they should have addressed our concerns,” he added. The Shiv Sena had 55 deputies before the rebellion in the 288-member Assembly, whose current membership is 287 due to the death of a Sena legislator. In the vote of confidence, 164 deputies voted for the motion of confidence while 99 voted against.

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