×

India

Senior SC Advocate Sanjay Hegde Says Voters Shouldn’t Elect Defectors As Maharashtra Crisis Deepens

Every politician has the right to conduct politics in the best way possible. Regrettably, governors have now become politicians.

The Shiv Sena-led Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) government is battling a survival crisis following the rebellion by senior Sena minister Eknath Shinde and a sizable number of MLAs belonging to the Uddhav Thackeray-led party. Shinde and the party rebels, who were camping in Guwahati but are scheduled to reach Mumbai on Thursday, have claimed the support of 46 MLAs.

Senior Advocate Sanjay Hegde joined India Ahead and shared some insights about the political crisis and future course of action in the case. He said, “The unspoken argument on one side is simply this, the court is a distinct institution. A judicial institution. It should not be interpreted as politically favouring one side or the other, or as facilitating one outcome or the other.”

He further added, “Every politician has the right to conduct politics in the best way possible. Regrettably, governors have now become politicians. They were typically thought to be retired politicians who went to another state as friends, philosophers, and mentors. However, governors are increasingly becoming involved in the activity, acting as Governors-General on behalf of the Centre.”

He also stated that “What people have done? People have rewarded those who have defected. They have been re-elected in state after state.” “The general public should not vote for the defectors. I don’t think the public should vote for them when they defect from one party and return to the same assembly wearing other clothes. The question is whether you can change the law so that they are not able to contest.”

ALSO READ: Maharashtra Cabinet Approves Renaming Of Aurangabad To Sambhaji Nagar, Osmanabad To Dharashiv