Goa CM Pramod Sawant meets rebel Sena MLAs: Key points
NEW DELHI: While a cabinet meeting chaired by Maharashtra chief minister Uddhav Thackeray was held on Wednesday at Mantralaya, the Supreme Court passed an order in favour of a floor test of the MVA government on Thursday.
Maharashtra governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari had called for a floor test of the Uddhav Thackeray-led Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) government in the assembly at 11am on Thursday, barely two days after the BJP on Tuesday requested him to direct the chief minister to prove majority.
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Rebel Shiv Sena MLA Eknath Shinde has said that he and party colleagues, loyal to him, will return to Mumbai from Guwahati on Thursday.
Here are the key developments:
Uddhav Thackeray resigns before floor test
Following Supreme Court verdict on floor test of the MVA government, Uddhav Thackeray resigned at the chief minister of Maharashtra on Wednesday night.
Supreme Court orders floor test for MVA govt
The MVA government will face a floor test in the Maharashtra Assembly on Thursday after the Supreme Court refused to put stay on the governor’s direction to Uddhav Thackeray-led SS-NCP-Cong ruling coalition to prove majority.
I was betrayed by my own: CM Thackeray
Chairing a cabinet meeting even as his government faces a serious crisis, Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray on Wednesday evening said he was betrayed by his own people.
An official said that Thackeray told his cabinet colleagues that he had been betrayed by his own people.
“I also apologise if I have hurt anyone unintentionally,” the official quoting Thackeray as saying.
Best way to stop horse-trading is floor test: Shinde’s counsel
The best way to stop horse-trading is a floor test and any delay would cause more damage to the democratic polity, Eknath Shinde’s counsel on Wednesday told the Supreme Court during the hearing.
“After the floor test, a meeting of the Legislative Party will be held, following this the further course of action will be decided,” Shinde had said .
Renaming of Aurangabad, Osmanabad approved
Maharashtra state cabinet on Wednesday approved the process of renaming of Aurangabad to Sambhaji Nagar and Osmanabad to Dharashiv. Navi Mumbai Airport’s name will be changed to DB Patil International Airport.
The Shiv Sena had been trying long to change the name of ‘Aurangabad’ and much to the home party’s delight and the opposition’s raising brows, the name change came as surprise to many.
Uddhav Thackeray chairs Cabinet meet
A cabinet meeting chaired by Maharashtra chief minister Uddhav Thackeray was held at Mantralaya on Wednesday. This is the second cabinet meeting in the last 24 hours.
Deputy chief minister Ajit Pawar and cabinet minister Chhagan Bhujbal are attending the meeting virtually as they have tested Covid-positive
Maharashtra government to face floor test on June 30
Maharashtra governor Koshiyari has convened a special session of the state assembly on Thursday, asking chief minister Uddhav Thackeray to prove the majority of his MVA government on the floor of the house. The governor has written to the state Assembly secretary to convene a special session with the agenda of a trust vote against CM Thackeray. The governor cited a letter he received from seven Independent MLAs and media reports of the 39 others withdrawing support to the MVA government in calling for the floor test.
Guwahati to ‘Goa’: Rebel Shiv Sena MLAs’ next stop!
The dissident Shiv Sena MLAs and a group of independent legislators, camping in Guwahati, left the Radisson Blu hotel for airport in the evening. News agency PTI had said in the morning, quoting sources, that they were likely to go to Goa, however, sources said plans remain fluid and may depend on fresh court judgments.
According to ANI, 70 rooms have been booked at Taj Resort and Convention Centre, Goa, from where they will fly to Mumbai on Thursday and head straight for the Maharashtra assembly.
The special charter flight of SpiceJet, which had taken them to Guwahati from Surat, will bring them to Goa.
The chartered flight was scheduled depart from Lokpriya Gopinath Bordoloi International (LGBI) Airport in Guwahati with the MLAs around 3 pm, the sources told PTI. But their departure from Guwahati has been delayed due to the SC hearing on the Shiv Sena plea.
Maharashtra crisis: Rebel MLAs to leave for Goa from Guwahati on chartered planes
Shinde said 50 MLAs are with “us”. “We’ve 2/3rd majority. We are not worried about any floor test. No one can stop us. In democracy, majority matters and we have that.”
BJP directed its MLAs to assemble at Taj President hotel in Mumbai in the evening. Also, former Maharashtra CM and leader of opposition Devendra Fadnavis called a meeting of BJP leaders at his residence in Mumbai.
Meanwhile, Goa chief minister Pramod Sawant met the rebel Shiv Sena MLAs at the hotel where they will stay overnight.
Governor waiting for this moment, acted faster than ‘Rafale’: Shiv Sena’s Sanjay Raut
Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut on Wednesday termed the Maharashtra governor’s order calling for a floor test of the Uddhav Thackeray-led Maha Vikas Aghadi government “unlawful”.
Raut also took a dig at governor Koshyari, saying that he acted swiftly after a group of BJP leaders met him and urged him to ask the government to prove its majority in the Assembly in view of the rebellion in the ruling Shiv Sena. “It’s called jet speed. The governor was waiting for this moment only, he acted faster than ‘Rafale’. We will go to the Supreme Court. This is an unlawful activity as the matter of disqualification of our 16 MLAs is pending in the SC. If such unlawful activities take place, and if the governor and the BJP trample upon the Constitution, then the SC has to interfere,” Raut told reporters in the morning.
He added, “We are confident that if the floor test is carried out in accordance with the law, then we will definitely win.”
Shiv Sena moves Supreme Court
Shiv Sena chief whip Sunil Prabhu has moved the Supreme Court, challenging the Maharashtra governor’s direction to CM Thackeray to prove his majority in assembly.
Prabhu, in his petition termed the governor’s decision to call for floor test illegal as he didn’t take into account deputy speaker’s disqualification notices to 16 of 39 rebel MLAs. He said none of the 39 MLAs wrote to the governor withdrawing support to the MVA government.
“The floor test decision has been taken on the aid and advice of the leader of opposition, which is not contemplated under Constitution. The governor has called for the floor test after meeting Devendra Fadnavis and without seeking CM Uddhav Tackeray’s response,” Prabhu said.
Jailed NCP leaders Nawab Malik and Anil Deshmukh also moved the Supreme Court seeking permission to attend the floor test in Maharashtra. Supreme Court agreed to hear their plea in the evening.
Earlier, Shiv Sena MP Priyanka Chaturvedi said holding the floor test amounted to contempt of the Supreme Court proceedings as it is hearing a plea related to the disqualification of 16 MLAs of the breakaway camp of the party, led by Shinde.
She tweeted that Koshyari has “clearly overstepped his brief”.
With all due respect to the Governor’s chair, Sh. Koshyari has clearly overstepped his brief. Now all eyes on the S… https://t.co/DJBhDIQzqB
— Priyanka Chaturvedi🇮🇳 (@priyankac19) 1656477221000
In another tweet, she said that this would be contempt of the Supreme Court proceedings if the “floor test is conducted despite the matter not getting final hearing in the SC”.
“How can a floor test be asked for when the disqualification of 16 MLA has deferred by the Supreme Court till 11th July? How can these MLAs participate in the floor test till their disqualification status not decided and the other matters for which notice sent is subjudice,” she tweeted.
This would be contempt of court proceedings if floor test conducted despite the matter not getting final hearing in… https://t.co/WHfYPJKnVO
— Priyanka Chaturvedi🇮🇳 (@priyankac19) 1656474038000
Even Congress veteran Prithviraj Chavan had said that Maharashtra government will have to move the Supreme Court against governor Koshyari’s letter mandating Thackeray-led dispensation to face the floor test.
Meanwhile, ahead of the floor test, Maharashtra ministers and NCP leaders Dilip Walse Patil and Jayant Patil visited the residence of party chief Sharad Pawar in Mumbai.
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Rebel Shiv Sena leader Shinde visits Kamakhya Temple in Guwahati
This morning Shinde visited the famed Kamakhya Temple in Guwahati, where he is camping in a hotel along with other rebel Shiv Sena MLAs. Shinde said that he is ready for the floor test and will return to Mumbai.
Eknath Shinde offers prayers with MLAs at Kamakhya Temple in Guwahati
“I will return to Mumbai tomorrow (Thursday). I prayed for the welfare of the people of Maharashtra, here at the temple,” Shinde said after visiting the temple.
Later, around 50 dissident Shiv Sena and Independent MLAs from Maharashtra, led by Eknath Shinde, visited the Kamakhya Temple.
A bus from Assam State Transport Corporation (ASTC) took all the MLAs, accompanied by state parliamentary affairs minister Pijush Hazarika, to Kamakhya Temple atop Neelachal hill on the bank of Brahmaputra. The MLAs made the V-sign at newspersons who were waiting for them outside the hotel.
Along with Hazarika, BJP MP from Assam Pallab Lochan Das and MLA Diganta Kalita accompanied the rebel legislators from the western state. The trip to Kamakhya was under huge police bandobost, with hundreds of policemen led by top officials turning the temple into a veritable fortress where other devotees were not allowed for the duration of the MLAs visit.
(With inputs from agencies)