Maharashtra Political Crisis Updates: Rebel Shiv Sena leader Eknath Shinde on Wednesday said he will reach Mumbai on Thursday morning. Shinde told reporters in Guwahati, where a large group of MLAs backing him is camping for 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 Read More
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According to sources, the BJP is expected to form government in Maharashtra on July 1.
BJP leader and former Maharashtra chief minister Devendra Fadnavis along with state BJP chief Chandrakant Patil and other party leaders at Taj President hotel in Mumbai for a legislative meeting.
Shiv Sena president Uddhav Thackeray has resigned as Maharashtra Chief Minister minutes after the Supreme Court ordered floor test to prove his majority in the state assembly. “I am also resigning as member of the legislative council,” he said.
Addressing the state after Supreme Court order floor test in Maharashtra assembly, Uddhav Thackeray said, “I am very satisfied with the cabinet meeting today… Those who ran auto rickshaw and handcart we made them MP’s MLA’s. Those who I give everything have done this. I want to thank the Governor but some list pending with you from two and half years. All those who have rebelled, I want to ask them who are you upset with? Me, Congress, or NCP. I as Shiv Sainik thought of you as one of us.”
Jailed NCP leader Nawab Malik and Anil Deshmukh have got permission from the Supreme Court to vote in the floor test on Thursday at 11 am.
Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray will address the state at 9:30 pm today. The Supreme Court has refused to stay floor test, which is scheduled to be held on Thursday at 11 am.
The Supreme Court has refused to stay floor test, which is scheduled to be held on Thursday at 11 am. The apex court said, “We are not staying the floor test. We are issuing notice to the petition but the floor test would subject to the outcome of finality of these petitions.”
A day before the Maharashtra floor test, Mumbai gets a new police commissioner. According to an official notification, Vivek Phansalkar has been appointed as the new Mumbai police chief. A 1989-batch IPS officer, Phansalkar will replace incumbent police commissioner Sanjay Pande as the latter retires on Thursday. Read More
BJP leader and former Maharashtra chief minister Devendra Fadnavis, who is waiting for the Supreme Court verdict, is yet to reach a Mumbai hotel where he will hold a meeting with BJP MLAs.
The Supreme Court has concluded the hearing on Shiv Sena’s plea challenging the floor test ordered by the Maharashta Governor amid the political tussle in the state. The apex court will announce the verdict at 9 pm.
Chairing a cabinet meeting even as his government faces a serious crisis, Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray today said he was betrayed by his own people. Thackeray chaired a cabinet meeting in Mumbai while the hearing on his government’s petition challenging the governor’s directive to conduct a floor test to prove majority was underway. An official said that Thackeray told his cabinet colleagues that he had been betrayed by his own people. “I also apologize if I have hurt anyone unintentionally,” the official quoting Thackeray as saying. The ministers clapped after chief minister addressed the meeting, he added.
Solicitor General Tushar Mehta has started arguments for the Governor of Maharashtra. Mehta said, “First of all, the argument that this court has interdicted the Speaker is wrong. It is not this order but the law which has interdicted him.”
The Supreme Court, which was on Wednesday hearing the Shiv Sena’s plea challenging the Governor’s decision to prove Maharashtra CM Uddhav Thackeray’s majority in the assembly, was told that there was “undue haste” in calling for the floor test. Senior lawyer Abhishek Manu Singhvi, appearing for the Shiv Sena, said, “There is undue haste.” Read More
With uncertainty looming over his government’s fate, Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray today thanked his cabinet colleagues for the cooperation they extended in the last two and a half years. Congress minister Sunil Kedar spoke to reporters after the meeting in the evening. Thackeray had always been respectful to others, he said. “He thanked the cabinet for their cooperation and said the cooperation would continue, ” the minister added. To a question whether the MVA government would survive the rebellion by Sena minister Eknath Shinde and majority of Sena MLAs, Kedar said, “Every MLA in the house would vote as per his conscience, considering the manner in which Thackeray has led the state’s battle against Covid-19 despite having no administrative experience. “Uddhav Thackeray will not stop nor he be defeated, ” the Congress leader said.
“MLA votes in the House by listening to his conscience. I feel that every MLA will definitely think about Thackeray government’s work in 2.5 years. The CM tackled coronavirus for two years and was appreciated by all. He didn’t let even people from other states go hungry. Uddhav Thackeray had no prior administrative experience – he tackled Covid-19. He underwent critical surgery. Who has started working within a month of undergoing spinal surgery? Give me one name. This man did that. Even the PM told him that he showed strength. If such a man faces deception, then we would like to know if the people would think about it,” Sunil Kedar, Maharashtra minister and Congress leader, was quoted as saying by news agency ANI.
As the Shiv Sena faces perhaps its worst crisis since its inception with a rebellion by majority of legislators, Maharashtra minister and the party’s youth wing leader Aaditya Thackeray is spearheading a counter-attack. The tone and tenor of the Thackeray family scion, usually known as the Sena’s new suave face, has changed in the last few days. When Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray appealed to rebel legislators who are camping in Guwahati to return, their leader Eknath Shinde said while the Sena chief was seeking reconciliation, his son Aaditya had labelled them as “dirt from a nullah.” With as many as 39 Sena MLAs deserting the Thackerays, 32-year-old Aaditya has addressed party workers at multiple places, from Karjat in neighbouring Raigad district to Sena strongholds of Byculla, Kalina and Dadar in Mumbai. The Yuva Sena led by Aaditya has also been at the forefront of protests against the rebel MLAs. To pacify swelling crowds, Aaditya again emerged out of Matoshree and waved at party supporters while showing his fist. In his speeches, he has been calling the rebel MLAs traitors. “Dirt has gone from the party. Now we can do something good,” he said on Monday.
The Maharashtra government, which is teetering on the brink of collapse following a rebellion by Shiv Sena strongman Eknath Shinde, on Wednesday took three big decisions at its cabinet meeting. The cabinet decided to rename Aurangabad as Sambhaji Nagar, while Navi Mumbai airport will be named DB Patil Interational Airport instead of Balasaheb Thackeray and Usmanabad will be renamed Dharashiv. Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar and cabinet minister Chhagan Bhujbal are attending the meeting virtually as they have tested positive for coronavirus. After reaching Mantralaya or the state secretariat, the CM paid his respect to the portraits of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj and B R Ambedkar. Read More
“A Deputy Speaker has respect in the House, but, he can’t go beyond the Constitution, can’t go beyond the Constitution bench, can’t go against the Apex Court of the country, you have to respect the observations in Namia Rabia judgment, the Speaker can’t proceed at all,” said senior advocate Neeraj Kishan Kaul, appearing for rebel Shiv Sena leader Eknath Shinde.
Kaul added, “The more you delay the floor test, the more you endanger the democracy giving room for horse reading.”
After attending the cabinet meeting, Maharashtra minister Jayant Patil said, “Everything depends on the SC verdict. If this will be the last cabinet meeting or not. Legal battle is being fought in the SC. We will take call on future course of action after SC verdict on floor test.”
Senior advocate Neeraj Kishan Kaul, appearing for rebel Shiv Sena leader Eknath Shinde, said, “The Supreme Court in its judgment had said disqualification proceedings have no bearing on floor test. Floor test is the heathiest thing to do in a democracy.”
The opposition BJP on Tuesday night urged Maharashtra Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari to direct the crisis-hit Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) government to prove its majority in the state assembly, while Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray made a fresh effort to reach out to rebel Shiv Sena MLAs camping in Guwahati in a bid to win them over. As the political crisis, triggered by a rebellion by Shiv Sena leader Eknath Shinde, entered the eight day, the BJP moved to pile on the pressure on the beleaguered MVA government.
After arriving from Delhi, BJP leader Devendra Fadnavis met Koshyari at the Raj Bhavan in south Mumbai and submitted a letter to him, seeking direction to the MVA government to prove its majority on the floor of the Assembly in view of the rebellion in the Shiv Sena, the lead party in the ruling alliance. Fadnavis, a former CM, claimed the Shiv Sena-NCP-Congress ruling coalition seemed to be in a minority as 39 Sena MLAs, who belong to the rebel faction led by cabinet minister Eknath Shinde, have said they do not support the government.
“Therefore, we handed over a letter to the Governor, requesting him to ask the government to prove its majority through a floor test in the House,” the Leader of Opposition in the Assembly told reporters. Citing various Supreme Court judgements, Fadnavis said in the letter that as majority in the House is “supreme” in parliamentary democracy and essential for a government’s existence, he was requesting the Governor to ask the chief minister to prove majority at the earliest.
Before meeting the Governor around 10 pm, Fadnavis called on top BJP leaders, including party president JP Nadda and Union Home Minister Amit Shah, in Delhi earlier in the day.
Meanwhile, Shiv Sena chief whip Sunil Prabhu has alleged in the Supreme Court that Maharashtra Governor’s direction to the MVA government to take a floor test in the assembly on Thursday was “malafide, unconstitutional, and illegal.” The plea challenging the Governor’s direction was mentioned before a vacation bench of Justices Surya Kant and J B Pardiwala who took note of submissions of senior advocate A M Singhvi that an urgent hearing was needed. The petition contended that Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari vides communication dated June 28, 2022 (which was received today i.e., on June 29 at about 9:00 am) has decided to hold a floor test in complete defiance of the fact that this court is seized of the issue of the disqualification proceedings.
“Such undue haste is manifestly arbitrary and therefore violative of Article 14,” said the plea and sought directions seeking setting aside of the impugned communication sent by the Governor to the Chief Minister as well as to the secretary of the Assembly.
“It is submitted that this Court is considering the validity of the disqualification proceedings and has kept the matter for hearing on July 11, 2022. The issue of disqualification is directly connected/interlinked with the issue of floor tests. “It is submitted that the impugned communications are entirely based on media reports with no concrete material whatsoever. None of the 39 MLAs, it appears, have individually or collectively written to the Hon’ble Governor about their decision to withdraw support from the MVA-led government,” the plea said.
Prabhu submitted in his plea that the impugned directions ought not to have been issued without the aid and advice of the council of the ministers led by the Chief Minister.
(with inputs from PTI)