In the middle of ongoing political stir in Maharashtra, the Bharatiya Janta Party (BJP) leader and Leader of Oppostion in the assembly, Devendra Fadnavis went to Rajbhavan and handed over a letter seeking floor test to the Governor of the state on Tuesday late night.
In the letter to Governor Bhagat Singh Koshiyari, the former Chief Minister of Maharashtra from BJP Devendra Fadnavis has sought permission for a floor test claiming that around 39 MLAs of Shiv Sena do not support Shiv Sena and its Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) coalition.
Devendra Fadnavis said, “We have given a letter to the Governor, in which we have informed him that Shiv Sena’s 39 MLAs are saying that they are not with the Sena and they do not want to support the Maha Vikas Aghadi government.”
This comes after a one-and-a-half-hour-long meeting of Devendra Fadnavis with Union Home Minister Amit Shah and BJP President JP Nadda in Delhi. He was accompanied by MLAs Ashwin Shelar, Pravin Darekar, Chandrakant Patil, Sudhir Munghantishwar and Girish Mahajan to the Raj Bhavan.
“In the last 8-9 days, the Shiv Sena has seen an implosion. A total of 39 MLAs from the Shiv Sena have stated that they don’t want an alliance with the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) and Congress. This shows Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray does not have a majority in the Assembly,” the BJP stated in its letter to the Governor.
Stating the significance of the floor test in the democracy, the letter further read, “Shiv Sena MLAs in Guwahati are being threatened. Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut has been saying that 40 corpses will return from Guwahati. In a parliamentary democracy, a majority on the floor of the House is the most important thing. Without that, this government cannot exist. Hence, we request you to ask the chief minister to prove his majority.”
Before this on Tuesday evening, the rebel Shiv Sena MLAs, camping in Guwahati, Assam, had reportedly sent a fax to the Governor of the state to ask the Chief Minister of the state to prove his majority in the assembly.
Soon after the Fadnavis’ meet with the Governor, Eknath Shinde called for a meeting with all his supporter MLAs in Guwahati’s Radisson Blu, where his ‘rebel’ group has been camping.