Not afraid of floor test, we have support of two-third MLAs: Eknath Shinde

Jailed Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) MLAs Nawab Malik and Anil Deshmukh sought the Supreme Court’s permission to participate in the floor test.

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Eknath Shinde (File Photo)

Mumbai: Leader of the rebel faction of Shiv Sena, Eknath Shinde, and his entourage of rebel MLAs will reach Mumbai from Goa Thursday morning. Talking to the media, Shinde said he is not afraid as they have support of two-third MLAs. Shinde and his team will reach Goa on Wednesday.

The rebel MLAs also paid obeisance at the revered Kamakhya Temple in Guwahati. Meanwhile, jailed Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) MLAs Nawab Malik and Anil Deshmukh sought the Supreme Court’s permission to participate in the floor test. Both Malik and Deshmukh were booked for offences under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA).

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Ahead of the floor test, Congress leaders have huddled together in a meeting in Mumbai to discuss their strategy. Party leaders Ashok Chavan, Nana Patole, Balasaheb Thorat, Sunil Kedar, Charan Singh Sapra and Nitin Raut are present.

Meanwhile, the Chief Minister’s Office said Uddhav Thackeray will chair a cabinet meeting at 5 pm on Wednesday.

Barely hours after confusion over a “fake letter” asking Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray to prove his majority in the assembly, Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari Wednesday morning shot off a letter to the assembly secretary for a special session on Thursday where Thackeray will have to prove majority. Meanwhile, the Shiv Sena moved Supreme Court against the floor test. The court is expected to hear the matter at 5 pm.

The call for a floor test was impressed upon the Governor by Leader of Opposition and former Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis on Tuesday. Hours after meeting BJP national president J P Nadda, Fadnavis reached Raj Bhawan to meat Koshiyari.

The rebel camp claims to have support of over 50 MLAs — 40 of the Shiv Sena and the rest comprising Independent MLAs. Shiv Sena chief and Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray on Tuesday appealed to the rebel MLAs who have been camping in a hotel in Assam’s Guwahati to come back to Mumbai. Thackeray, in an emotional appeal, asked them to come back, hold talks and resolve the issue.

The Maharashtra CM said the rebel MLAs are still with the Shiv Sena from the heart. “Being the chief of the Shiv Sena, I am concerned about you people. You have been locked up for the last few days. Several MLAs are still in touch,” he said.

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