Mumbai, June 27: The ongoing political crisis in Maharashtra seems to have taken the legal route after Shiv Sena MLA Eknath Shinde approached the Supreme Court challenging the disqualification notices issued by Narhari Zirwal, Deputy Speaker of the State Assembly to rebel MLAs. Meanwhile, a vacation bench comprising Justices Surya Kant and JB Pardiwala will hear the matter today.

As the Maharashtra political crisis enters the sixth day, here are all the latest developments:

Two MLAs from the Eknath Shinde-led faction are set to travel from Guwahati to Mumbai to discuss the Maharashtra political situation with Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari,reported News 18. It also reported that the MLAs are likely to inform him about the loss of confidence in the current Uddhav Thackeray-led MVA government.

In another setback to the Shiv Sena, Parbhani MLA Rahul Patil is likely to join the Eknath Shinde-led camp in Guwahati.

Rebel Shiv Sena leader Eknath Shinde termed Supreme Court’s notice to the Maharashtra Assembly Deputy Speaker a “victory of Balasaheb’s Hindutva”.

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Supreme Court lists the plea for hearing on July 11

The Supreme Court on Monday issued notice to Deputy Speaker, Secretary of Maharashtra State Legislative Assembly, Centre, and others on pleas filed by rebel MLAs against the disqualification notice issued by the Deputy Speaker Narhari Zirwal against Eknath Shinde and 15 other rebel legislators of Shiv Sena.

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Aaditya Gets Additional Charge of Higher and Technical Education Department

Amid the reshuffling of the departments of ministers by Maharashtra CM Uddhav Thackeray, the Higher and Technical Education Department of Uday Samant has been reassigned to Aaditya Thackeray. On the other hand, the Urban Development, Public Works Dept (Public Undertaking) of Eknath Shinde was reassigned to Subhash Desai while the Water supply and Sanitation Dept of Gulabrao Patil has been given to Anil Parab. Agriculture Dept of Dadaji Bhuse has been given to Sandipanrao Bhumre, reports ANI.

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This is a conspiracy to stop me: Sanjay Raut

After receiving a summon from the Enforcement Directorate, Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut took to Twitter and said, "I just came to know that ED has summoned me. Good!" Raut also said that the summon is a conspiracy to stop him. "Even if you behead me, I won't take the Guwahati route. Arrest me!" he said.

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Uddhav Thackeray Hands Over Portfolios of Rebel Ministers

Amid the ongoing political crisis in the state, Maharashtra CM Uddhav Thackeray on Monday reshuffled the departments of ministers so that the issues of public interest are not neglected or ignored, the CMO said. Sources said that Thackeray has taken away the department's charges from rebel MLAs and handed them over to other ministers.

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ED summons Sanjay Raut

On Monday, the Enforcement Directorate (ED) issued summons to Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Raut on June 28, in connection with Patra Chawl land scam case. Meanwhile, supporters of rebel Shiv Sena MLA Eknath Shinde gathered outside his residence in Thane.

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MVA alliance has lost the majority in the house: Eknath Shinde

Shiv Sena leader Eknath Shinde in his petition filed in the Supreme court said that the Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) alliance has lost the majority in the house as 38 of the members of the Shiv Sena Legislature Party have withdrawn their support.

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Eknath Shinde releases another video of rebel MLA

In a video released by Eknath Shinde, Shiv Sena MLA Subhash Sabne said, ""Do you not feel any pain while sitting in the Cabinet with Chhagan Bhujbal who had arrested Shiv Sena chief Balasaheb Thackeray?"

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PIL against Eknath Shinde and rebel MLAs

Amid the political instability in Maharashtra, a PIL has been filed against Eknath Shinde and other rebel MLAs before the Bombay High Court for "neglecting" their official duties and seeking directions for them to resume office.

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Its Eknath Shinde vs Uddhav Thackeray

According to reports, senior council Harish Salve will represent the Eknath Shinde camp in Supreme Court. On the other hand, senior council Kapil Sibal and Abhisekh Manu Singhvi will represent Shiv Sena president Uddhav Thackeray. In a tweet, Singhvi said that he was happy to appear for Shiv Sena headed by Uddhav Thackeray and its office bearers.

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Eknath Shide speaks to MNS chief Raj Thackeray

On Monday, Eknath Shinde Shinde spoke to MNS chief Raj Thackeray over the phone twice. Shinde spoke to Thackeray about the recent political situation in Maharashtra and enquired about his health, an MNS leader said,

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Eknath Shinde approaches Supreme Court

Shinde approached the Supreme Court challenging the disqualification notices issued by Narhari Zirwal, Deputy Speaker

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of the State Assembly to rebel MLAs. The Supreme Court will hear the matter today.

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#MiShivSainik says Eknath Shinde

Eknath Shinde on Sunday said that in order to fight for Balasaheb’s Hindutva ideology, we are ready to lay down our lives.

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Shiv Sena's Senior Counsel

Advocate Devdutta Kamat, Shiv Sena's Senior Counsel on Sunday said that the concept of 2-3rd (to surpass anti-defection law) applies only if there is a merger. "Until the MLAs don't merge with another party, disqualification applies," he said.

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The Shiv Sena continued to take a dig at the rebel MLAs. Maharashtra Minster Aaditya Thackeray said that traitors will not be taken back into the party, while Sanjay Raut called the rebel lawmakers "living corpses". It is to be seen as to what course of action unfolds in Maharashtra amid the political instability in the state.

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