The Supreme Court heard a petition by Team Thackeray against holding the no-trust vote called for Maharashtra Governor Bhagat Singh Koshiyari tomorrow, Thursday. Late Wednesday evening, the two-bench court refused to stay proceedings. As a result, the floor test will happen tomorrow, 11 am to 5 pm. However, the court also observed that the final verdict will be delivered only on July 11.
The vacation bench of Justices Surya Kant and J.B. Pardiwala earlier in the day, asked Uddhav Thackeray led-Shiv Sena group how can a floor test impact the disqualification process or interfere with the powers of the Speaker to conduct disqualification proceeding.
Team Thackeray claims that the Governor’s request is illegal as 16 rebel MLAs are yet to respond on possible disqualification.
On the other hand, Koshyari has called for a test of strength in the state Assembly tomorrow, in the latest turn of events in the Eknath Shinde-led rebellion against Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray. The Governor has sent letter to the Secretary of the Maharashtra legislative assembly, calling for a special session tomorrow.
Eknath Shinde claimed the support of nearly 40 (out of 55) Sena MLAs, thus pushing the Maha Vikas Aghadi government – comprising Shiv Sena, Sharad Pawar’s Nationalist Congress Party (NCP), and Congress – to the brink of collapse.