Maharashtra Guv orders floor test tomorrow, Eknath Shinde to be in Mumbai

Shinde told reporters in Guwahati, where a large group of MLAs backing him is camping since a week, that he will reach Mumbai along with all his group legislators.

Sanjay JogUpdated: Wednesday, June 29, 2022, 10:07 AM IST
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Rebel Shiv Sena leader Eknath Shinde on Wednesday said he will reach Mumbai on Thursday for floor test against the beleaguered Uddhav Thackeray-led Sena-NCP-Congress government in Maharashtra.

Maharashtra Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari has in a letter to the Maharashtra Legislature ordered a floor test on June 30 at 11 am.

"A Special session of the Maharashtra Vidhan Sabha shall be summoned on 30.06.2022 at 11 :00 AM with the only agenda of a trust vote against the Chief Minister and the proceedings of the floor test shall be concluded in any case 5PM on 30.06.2022," the letter said.

Shinde told reporters in Guwahati, where a large group of MLAs backing him is camping since a week, that he will reach Mumbai along with all his group legislators.

Shinde, who stepped out of the luxury hotel in Guwahati, the rebel group's home for the last week, said he had offered prayers at Guwahati's Kamakhya temple for peace and prosperity of people of Maharashtra.

Shinde's announcement of returning to Mumbai came hours after BJP leader Devendra Fadnavis, tipped to make a comeback as the chief minister, met Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari at Raj Bhavan Tuesday night and asked him to call for a floor test in the Assembly as the Thackeray-led government had lost majority after the Shinde group's rebellion.

Maharashtra Cabinet meeting

After Koshyari's directives to MVA and CM Uddhav Thackeray to prove majority on June 30, NCP leaders are meeting party president Sharad Pawar at his Mumbai residence to decide the future course of action.

Maharashtra Cabinet will meet again today though the timing is yet to be fixed.

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