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Rebel MLAs taking oath is murder of democracy, Constitution: Shiv Sena

A day after the cabinet expansion, the claimed administering ministerial oath to rebels MLAs, whose disqualification pleas are pending before the Supreme Court, amounted to murder of and the .

By finally taking the ministerial oath, the rebels have taken a dip in the Ganga river. But will they be able to wash the sin of betrayal?” an editorial in the Sena mouthpiece ‘Saamana’ asked on Wednesday.

The expression on Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari’s face while administering the oath to ministers was as if he was doing a divine work, it quipped.

The Marathi daily also slammed Chief Minister for bowing before Delhi seven times by going to the capital before the cabinet expansion.

The CM had made seven visits to New Delhi in the last one month, and with every visit there was talk of the ministry expansion.

Shinde on Tuesday expanded his two-member ministry 41 days after taking oath as the CM by inducting 18 ministers, nine each from his rebel group and the BJP.

When the plea of disqualification is pending before the Supreme Court, administering oath to the rebel MLAs amounts to murder of and the Constitution, the editorial said.

The sword of disqualification hangs over Shinde and 39 rebels, it said.

but will those who betrayed (Uddhav Thackeray) and switched sides ever be satisfied? The blot of treachery will never be washed off, the Marathi publication said.

It asked why the cabinet expansion, delayed for so long, was done when the judgement day for the rebel MLAs is scheduled on August 12, a reference to pleas seeking their disqualification being heard by the .

Why were the rebel MLAs administered oath as ministers? it sought to know.

This means they don’t have any fear of the judiciary. This shows their confidence that everything will happen according to their will, it said.

The editorial also slammed the BJP for the induction of Sanjay Rathod as minister.

Last year, the BJP had launched an offensive against Rathod, who was then a minister in the Uddhav Thackeray-led state government, after his name was linked to a woman’s suicide.

Rathod was then forced to resign as minister.

(Only the headline and picture of this report may have been reworked by the Business Standard staff; the rest of the content is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

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