The candidate of Shiv Sena’s Uddhav Thackeray faction was cleared to contest the Mumbai by-elections, with the Bombay Excessive Court docket ordering the town’s civic physique at the moment to simply accept her resignation. The order got here as an enormous reduction to the Thackeray faction, which had accused the Eknath Shinde authorities leaning on the civic physique to sabotage the candidate.
Tomorrow being the final date of nomination submitting, Rutuja Latke couldn’t have met the deadline if her resignation was not accepted. The civic physique chief had insisted on taking his time, arguing that underneath the principles, he has a month to make his choice know. Brihanmumbai Commissioner Iqbal Chahal, nevertheless, had denied any political strain.
Following a plea by Mrs Latke, the Excessive Court docket at the moment ordered the civic physique to present its letter of acceptance by 11 am tomorrow. The courtroom rebuked the civic physique chief Iqbal Chahal, questioning why the Municipal Commissioner was “not utilizing his discretion and taking a call”.
“If an worker desires to resign and contest elections, what’s the problem? The petitioner is a clerk… It’s simply an employer-employee dispute… This isn’t even a matter that ought to have come to courtroom. The Commissioner ought to have performed it by now,” stated the bench of Justices Nitin Jamdar and Sharmila Deshmukh.
Rutuja Latke is the spouse of Sena’s sitting MLA Ramesh Latke, who died this yr, making the by-polls vital. The Thackeray faction stated she had initially resigned on September 2 however there was a glitch within the paperwork and he or she needed to give a recent one however the BMC had been evasive about accepting it.
Even in courtroom at the moment, the civic physique had insisted that it could take a call earlier than 30 days, citing a departmental inquiry into corruption prices towards her. “She by no means used to attend the workplace whereas working. She used to work just for liaison,” the civic physique had argued.
Calling the civic physique’s argument a ruse, Mrs Latje argued that it was a “malafide criticism and being performed based mostly on somebody’s else steerage”.
“If I contest the election, then on the time of scrutiny, my nomination could be challenged and it is going to be stated that I’m having fun with the workplace of revenue. I do not wish to get into argumentative stage on the scrutiny and my kind can be rejected,” her lawyer stated.
Each the Shinde group of Sena and its ally BJP have denied interfering within the civic polls. However the two Sena factions have butted heads over the title and election image forward of the bye-election for Andheri East.
At this time, the Thackeray camp wrote to the Election Fee, accusing it of bias in favour of the Shinde camp.
In its letter, Staff Thackeray alleged that the ballot physique had shared “privileged communication” by importing its selection of names and symbols on the ballot web site “probably even earlier than (Staff Shinde) had submitted his record”.
This, the letter stated, allowed Staff Shinde to present related names and symbols which “successfully precluding the respondent [Team Thackeray] from being allotted his first selection of title and the primary and second selection of image”.