Mon, 05 Jun 2023

Guwahati (Assam) [India], June 29 (ANI): Rebel Shiv Sena leader Eknath Shinde on Wednesday said that he and other dissident MLAs will arrive in Mumbai for a floor test to be held in Maharashtra Assembly tomorrow.

Shinde and the other MLAs who had been staying at a hotel in Guwahati hotel for over a week now, following a revolt within the party, visited the Kamakhya temple here for the second time today.

This comes after the Maharashtra Governor called a special session in the Assembly tomorrow for Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray-led government to prove its majority.

Rebel Sena MLA Gulabrao Patil that people are with them and they will win the Floor Test tomorrow. "There is no need for worry," Patil said.

According to sources, the MLAs will head to Goa where they will be staying today before moving to Mumbai tomorrow for the trust vote. "As many as 70 rooms have been booked in a Goa hotel," sources said.

A SpiceJet flight is en-route to Guwahati to take all rebel Shiv Sena MLAs from Guwahati to Goa today. Earlier a SpiceJet flight had taken the MLAS from Surat to Guwahati by a special charter flight.

Earlier this morning, Eknath Shinde visited the Kamakhya temple here said that his faction is ready to face the Floor Test. "I will return to Mumbai tomorrow. I prayed for the welfare of the people of Maharashtra here at the temple," Shinde said after visiting the temple.

Later in the afternoon, Shinde visited the temple again in the company of MLAs.

Rebel Independent MLA Rajendra Raut said that there is no problem if the BJP comes to power in Maharashtra. "I'm with BJP since the beginning. Devendra Fadnavis took a stand for me in the state Assembly...MLAs will get upset if work will not happen in their constituencies. Yes, there is no problem in that (of BJP coming to power in the state)," Raut said.

Taking a jibe at CM Thackeray, rebel MLA Gulabrao Patil said that the Shiv Sena chief is not ready to leave Sharad Pawar, though he has left Varsha Bungalow, the official bunglow of the Maharashtra chief minister. "He left the Varsha Bungalow, he left his MLAs, but he is not ready to leave Sharad Pawar," Patil said.

Maharashtra Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari has asked the Uddhav Thackeray government in the state to prove his majority on the floor of the House on June 30 citing the "present political scenario" unfolding in the state paints a "very disturbing picture."The Governor has written to the state Assembly secretary to convene a special session of the State Assembly tomorrow with the only agenda of a trust vote against CM Thackeray.

According to the notification, the session will commence at 11 am which will also be telecast live.

However, the Supreme Court today agreed to hear at 5 pm a plea filed by Shiv Sena chief whip Sunil Prabhu challenging Governor Koshyari's direction to CM Uddhav Thackeray to prove his majority support on the floor of the House.

Senior advocate Abhishek Manu Singhvi mentioned Prabhu's petition seeking an urgent hearing of the case today evening before a vacation bench of Justice Surya Kant and JB Pardiwala, saying the "floor test is illegal".

Meanwhile, with just a day to go for the all-important Floor Test, former Maharashtra Chief Minister and leader of opposition Devendra Fadnavis has called a meeting of BJP leaders at his residence in Mumbai this afternoon. (ANI)

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