Bhagat Singh Koshiyari, the governor of Maharashtra, has called a special session of the state parliament and asked Uddhav Thackeray to demonstrate his majority on the floor of the house tomorrow, Thursday (June 30).
The Governor mandated that the trust vote processes in the Maharashtra legislature be finished by 5 p.m. tomorrow and that the sessions be videotaped.
Governor Koshyari stated in his letter ordering the floor tests that the current political situation in Maharashtra “paints a very alarming picture.”
In support of his demand for the floor test, the governor referenced a letter he received from seven Independent MLAs and media claims that 39 MLAs had withdrawn their support for the MVA administration.
“The Leader of Opposition personally visited me and I was briefed about the political situation in the state and thereafter, the LoP submitted a letter stating that the Chief Minister has lost the majority in the Vidhan Sabha. The letter submitted by the LoP has further requested for a floor test at the earliest to avoid any political bargaining by undemocratic means,” Koshyari said.
Eknath Shinde, the leader of the rebel Shiv Sena, has announced that he will go to Mumbai tomorrow for the important floor test. He is camped out in Assam’s Guwahati with a group of dissident MLAs. He says he has the backing of 50 lawmakers.
“I’ll be in Mumbai tomorrow to take part in the assembly’s floor test. I prayed at the prestigious Kamakhya temple for Maharashtra and its people, Shinde remarked.
After the Governor requested a floor test, Uddhav Thackeray is probably going to appeal to the Supreme Court. At a time when the top court has not yet made a decision about the procedure to dismiss 16 dissident MLAs, embattled Uddhav Thackeray is expected to seek legal advice on whether the Governor may compel him to show majority. The case’s following hearing is scheduled for July 11.