The Supreme Court on Tuesday agreed to hear on August 1 a fresh plea of the Uddhav Thackeray - led camp of Shiv Sena seeking a stay on the proceedings before the Election Commission of India (ECI) on Eknath Shinde group's claim for recognition as the 'real' Shiv Sena and its claim over the party symbol.
Filing the application, Subhash Desai, the General Secretary of Shiv Sena has said that the Election Commission can't decide the matter since the cases are pending before the Supreme Court.
It sought to implead the ECI as a party in the petition which challenges the decision of the Maharashtra Governor to invite Eknath Shinde to be the Chief Minister of Maharashtra.
Last week, the Supreme Court 3-judge bench had said that some of the issues involved in the Maharashtra political crisis may require to a larger Constitutional bench for consideration
Earlier, the top court had asked the Speaker of the Maharashtra Legislative Assembly, Rahul Narwekar not to take any action on the new disqualification notices issued against the members of Shiv Sena.
Uddhav Thackeray-led faction had approached the top court challenging the Maharashtra Governor Bhagat Singh Koshiyari's decision to invite Eknath Shinde to form the government and also the Speaker's election and floor test.
On June 29, the top court refused to stay Koshiyari’s direction to the then Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray to prove his majority on the floor of the House on June 30.
After the apex court's order, Uddhav Thackeray announced his resignation as the Chief Minister and Eknath Shinde was later sworn in as the CM.