Uddhav Faction on HC Relief for Latke

Last updated: October 13, 2022 at 7:29 p.m. IST

Uddhav Thackery, former Prime Minister of Mumbai, and Rutuja Ramesh Latke (far right).  (Twitter/@RutujaRLatke)

Uddhav Thackery, former Prime Minister of Mumbai, and Rutuja Ramesh Latke (far right). (Twitter/@RutujaRLatke)

Party leader and former Mumbai Mayor Kishori Pednekar said the BMC is an autonomous body and he should not “joke” himself by working under political pressure.

Uddhav Thackeray-led Shiv Sena told Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) had faced great embarrassment when the Bombay High Court ordered it to accept Rutuja Latke’s resignation.

Earlier in the day, the court ordered the BMC to accept Latke’s resignation, paving the way for her to run on November 3 as the Shiv Sena Uddhav Balasaheb Thackeray party’s candidate in the Andheri East Assembly constituency.

Party leader and former Mumbai mayor Kishori Pednekar said the BMC is an autonomous body and it should not “make a joke” of itself by working under political pressure. “I said that from the start that the BMC will fall flat on its face,” she added.

Latke, a clerk at BMC, had claimed in her Supreme Court petition that the company did not make a decision on her resignation to prevent her from running for election. The deadline for submitting nominations is October 14th.

The by-election was necessitated by the death of Latke’s husband and incumbent Sena MLA Ramesh Latke. Sushma Andhare, another leader of the Thackeray faction, said the BMC did the same when it denied the party permission to the Dussehra rally. The HC later asked for permission. If BMC officials behave like politicians, they should accept membership in political parties. This is not expected of a citizenship, she said. The whole party will contest the by-election with full force, Andhare added.

Anil Parab, senior leader of the Uddhav Thackeray faction, welcomed the court’s order and appealed to the rival factions to let Latke win unopposed. “Maharashtra has a different political culture…. If a member of the legislature dies and their family member chooses to contest the by-election, it is held without any contest. They (the BJP and the Sena faction led by Eknath Shinde) should let this election take place without any competition. It will show that the state’s culture is intact,” said the former minister.

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