“You’re In A Minority,” Says Governor To Uddhav Thackeray: 10 Points

Maharashtra Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari has written to Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray, informing him of the trust vote due tomorrow. Mr Koshyari also said he has received letters from the BJP and others saying the government is now a minority.

Here are the Top 10 points in this big story:

  1. “It is clear that a majority of the Shiv Sena MLAs have given a clear indication that they intend to exit from the Maha Vikas Aghadi Government… and you are trying to win over your MLAs and cadre by means which are not democratic,” the Governor wrote.

  2. “I am therefore confident that you and your Government has lost the trust of the House and the Government is in minority,” the letter read.

  3. The test of strength 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…” Mr Koshyari said.

  4. The Governor ordered the test of strength a day after BJP leaders, led by Devendra Fadnavis, met him and contended that the Uddhav Thackeray-led coalition has lost majority.

  5. Mr Thackeray approached the Supreme Court earlier today, challenging the Governor’s decision and calling it illegal. The 16 rebel MLAs, he contended, are yet to respond on their possible disqualification and the matter is pending in court.

  6. The top court will hear his petition this evening.

  7. The Shiv Sena rebels, who have ignored Mr Thackeray’s appeals to return, will move from Guwahati to Goa today.

  8. Team Thackeray had asked the Deputy Speaker to disqualify 16 MLAs including Mr Shinde, after which the rebel camp approached the Supreme Court, calling the move illegal.

  9. The court gave the rebel Sena MLAs time until July 12 to respond to notices on the disqualification plea.

  10. Nearly 40 Shiv Sena MLAs have deserted Uddhav Thackeray and joined Eknath Shinde, who moved from Mumbai, first to Surat in Gujarat and later to Assam’s Guwahati, with a group of MLAs that has been expanding by the day. After a week at a five-star hotel in Guwahati, the MLAs are set to fly to Goa, around 600 km from Mumbai, to participate in the no-trust vote.

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