New Delhi: Amid the revolt in Shiv Sena, Maharashtra Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari has written to the state assembly secretary to convene a special session of the assembly on June 30 with the sole agenda of a trust vote against Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray, news agency ANI reported on Wednesday. June 29, 2022). This comes a day after the opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) urged Koshyari to direct the troubled Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) government to prove its majority in the assembly.
Maharashtra Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari has written to the state assembly secretary to convene a special session of the state assembly on June 30 with the sole agenda of a trust vote against CM Uddhav Thackeray. pic.twitter.com/9M5htIIE9R— ANI (@ANI) 29 June 2022
As the political crisis in Maharashtra entered its ninth day, rebel Shiv Sena leader and cabinet minister Eknath Shinde on Wednesday visited the Kamakhya temple in Guwahati and prayed for Maharashtra’s “happiness”.
“I had gone to the Kamakhya temple for the happiness and prosperity of Maharashtra. I seek the blessings of Maa Kamakhya,” Shinde told reporters outside the temple.
When asked about the next step, the rebel leader said, “We will return to Mumbai tomorrow to complete the necessary formalities.”
I have come here to pray for the peace and happiness of Maharashtra. Will go to Mumbai tomorrow for floor test and follow all procedure: Rebel Shiv Sena leader Eknath Shinde in Guwahati, Assam pic.twitter.com/ErHwhz6Ny2— ANI (@ANI) 29 June 2022
Earlier on Tuesday, BJP leader Devendra Fadnavis met Koshyari at the Raj Bhavan in south Mumbai and handed over a letter to him, seeking a direction to the MVA government to prove its majority on the floor of the assembly in the wake of the rebellion in Shiv Sena. The leading party in the ruling coalition. Former CM, Fadnavis claimed that the Shiv Sena-NCP-Congress ruling alliance seemed to be in minority as 39 Shiv Sena MLAs from the rebel faction led by cabinet minister Eknath Shinde have said that they do not support the government.
“Therefore, we submitted a letter to the Governor, requesting him to ask the government to prove majority in the House to prove its majority,” the Leader of Opposition in the Assembly told reporters.
Referring to various Supreme Court judgments, Fadnavis said in the letter that since a majority in the House is “supreme” in a parliamentary democracy and necessary for the survival of the government, he would ask the Governor to ask the Chief Minister to prove the majority at the earliest. were requesting. Fadnavis met top BJP leaders, including party president JP Nadda and Union Home Minister Amit Shah, in New Delhi earlier in the day, before meeting the governor at around 10 am.
According to sources, before the former CM reached the Raj Bhavan, eight independent MLAs, who were earlier associated with the Shiv Sena, sent emails from Guwahati – where the Shinde-led rebel group is camping – Demand for floor test as soon as possibleClaiming that the Thackeray government has lost its majority.
Return to Mumbai, hold talks: Uddhav Thackeray urges rebel Shiv Sena MLAs
Once again approaching the disgruntled Shiv Sena MLAs, CM Thackeray urged them to return to Mumbai and hold talks with them, saying that “it is not too late”, but the rebel leader Shinde remained adamant and supported the Hindutva MLAs. determined to move forward. A day earlier the CM, who is also the Shiv Sena president, stripped the portfolios of all nine rebel ministers, including Shinde, and struck a fresh settlement against the backdrop of the Supreme Court granting relief to the estranged legislators.
Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Raut, however, intensified the rhetoric against the rebels and warned that those who have betrayed the party leadership should not be able to roam freely.
Thackeray’s offer to repair the fence comes against the backdrop of controversial statements Some Shiv Sena leaders, especially those made by Raut, whose statement of “40 bodies without souls” created an uproar.
Thackeray’s aide was quoted as saying in a statement, “It is not too late. I appeal to you to come back and sit with me and clear the confusion (born out of your actions) between Shiv Sainiks and the public.” ”
“If you come back and face me, there may be a way out. As party president and head of the family, I still care about you,” he said.
Thackeray said the family members of some rebel MLAs who were camping in Guwahati are in touch with him.
He said, “You are stuck in Guwahati for the last few days. Every day new information is coming out about you and many of you are also in touch. You are still with Shiv Sena in your heart.”
around 40 rebel Shiv Sena MLAs and at least 10 independent MLAs have lodged themselves in a five-star hotel in Guwahati. In his attempt to topple the two and a half year old MVA government.
(with inputs from agencies)