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Rebel MLAs to return; Governor directs Thackeray Govt to face floor test tomorrow


Mumbai: Maharashtra Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari has written to the Assembly Secretary Rajendra Bhagwat calling for a special session at 11 am for Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray to prove his majority in a floor test, on Thursday. The rebel MLAs led by Eknath Shinde, who are staying at a five-star hotel in Assam’s Guwahati, will have return to Mumbai to participate in the floor test.

‘The Leader of Opposition…personally visited me…I was briefed about the political situation in the state and thereafter the Leader of Opposition submitted a letter stating that Chief Minister has lost the majority in Vidhan Sabha’, the Governor said in the letter. The floor test will be telecast live, and the proceedings will be recorded on camera by the Vidhan Sabha Secretariat through an independent agency, the Governor said. ‘In order to ensure free and fair voting, it shall be conducted by asking members to rise in their seats for the purpose of counting votes…’ Koshyari said.

Meanwhile, Shinde and some rebel Sena MLAs went to a temple this morning in Assam’s main city by the Brahmaputra River where he told reporters he would return to Mumbai tomorrow. Shinde claims he has the support of nearly 50 MLAs, some 40 of them from the Shiv Sena. The majority mark currently stands at 144 in the 287-member assembly. The ruling alliance of the Shiv Sena, Congress and Sharad Pawar’s Nationalist Congress Party, or NCP, has 152 MLAs. The state government will shrink to minority without the nearly 40 rebel MLAs.


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