Shiv Sena allotted seats with the Opposition in Parliament

Sanjay Raut

New Delhi, Nov 17 Parliamentary Affairs Minister Pralhad Joshi on Sunday said that Shiv Sena MPs are being allotted seats on the opposition side in both houses of parliament as its minister has resigned and the party is “working out” alliance with the Congress and NCP to form government in Maharashtra.

Former Union Minister and Shiv Sena MP Arvind Sawant has moved to the third row from the front row in the Lok Sabha and the party’s 17 other MPs in the House are being allotted new seats, according to an official announcement on Sunday.

Arvind Sawant, the lone Sena minister in the Union council of ministers submitted his resignation last Monday. The party said on Saturday that it would not attend a meeting of NDA constituents on the eve of the winter session of Parliament.

As per the new seating arrangements in the House, Shiv Sena will now be sitting in the Opposition.

Parliamentary Affairs Minister Pralhad Joshi on Sunday said: “Shiv Sena has opted for new seating arrangement and they are trying to tie up with the Congress. Their Minister has also resigned, so we are allotting them new seats as per the procedure”.

Consequently, Shiv Sena MPs will now be sitting with the Opposition in the winter session of Parliament, which is set to begin from November 18.

The Shiv Sena has 18 MPs in Lok Sabha, while it has three MPs in the Rajya Sabha. Shiv Sena MPs Sanjay Raut and Anil Desai will no longer occupy seats in the treasury benches in Rajya Sabha in accordance with standard parliamentary procedures.

The Shiv Sena parted ways with its long-time ally BJP after the Maharashtra assembly polls when both parties failed to arrive at a consensus over a power-sharing arrangement for the post of Chief Minister.

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