Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari has urged the Uddhav Thackeray administration to furnish comprehensive information on all government resolutions and circulars issued from June 22 to June 24 in light of the present political drama in Maharashtra.
In a letter to the state’s chief secretary, Koshyari requests information about orders from the government to release hundreds of crores worth of funds from the departments that are primarily run by his allies in power, the NCP and the Congress.
he letter was sent by his principal secretary, Santosh Kumar. Uddhav Thackeray, the leader of the Shiv Sena, is the head of the three-party coalition administration. On June 21, when Cabinet Minister Eknath Shinde arrived in Surat from Mumbai and departed for Guwahati with party MLAs in tow, the Shiv Sena witnessed a revolt in its legislative ranks.
“We have written to the Governor and told him that Shiv Sena’s 39 MLAs are repeatedly saying they don’t want to be in an alliance with the Congress-NCP. This means they are not with the government,” Devendra Fadnavis told reporters after the meeting.
“So we have told the Governor that he should ask the Chief Minister to conduct a floor test and prove majority,” he added
Fadnavis, the predecessor of Uddhav Thackeray on the top post, headed for the Governor’s House straight from the airport. He was accompanied by Girish Mahajan and state BJP chief Chandrakant Patil.
Fadnavis had a 30-minute strategy session with BJP chief JP Nadda this evening amid speculation about the party staking claim to form government.
Team Thackeray had requested the Supreme Court that no floor test be allowed till the matter of disqualification notices to 17 rebel MLAs be settled. The court has refused to pass orders on it.
Eknath Shinde, who is leading the coup aganst Uddhav Thackeray, said that he would go to Mumbai “soon” and “take Balasaheb Thackeray’s legacy forward”, indicating that he is ready for the next move. He claims he has the backing of around 50 MLAs, nearly 40 of them from the Shiv Sena.
Shiv Sena has accused the BJP of masterminding the revolt and hounding its leaders using investigating agencies. Uddhav Thackeray’s key spokesperson, Sanjay Raut, was summoned today by the Enforcement Directorate in a money laundering case but he refused to go. Raut terms the summons a conspiracy.