Upon returning from Delhi, Fadnavis meets Guv and asks for a ground test as the Uddhav government appears to be on its last leg
In a major development of Maharashtra’s spiraling political crisis, BJP leader Devendra Fadnavis met Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari on Tuesday night and demanded a floor test from the assembly as the BJP seeks to regain power in the state with the help of the rebel Eknath Shinde.
Fadnavis, the Maharashtra assembly opposition leader, headed straight for Raj Bhavan after returning from Delhi where he met with Union minister Amit Shah and BJP chairman JP Nadda to discuss the party’s next course of action.
He claimed that the MVA coalition appeared to be in the minority as 39 Shiv Sena MPs belonging to the Eknath Shinde camp said they did not want to be with the government. “We have delivered a letter to the Governor of Maharashtra demanding an immediate ground test. I expect him to act and ask the government to prove the numbers. Shiv Sena MPs are out of Mumbai and said ‘we don’t want to be with MVA’. I have urged the governor to ask the CM (Uddhav Thackeray) to prove the number (in the assembly),” Fadnavis told reporters in Mumbai after meeting the governor.
Fadnavis, who was Uddhav’s predecessor, was accompanied by BJP leaders Chandrakant Patil, Ashish Shelar, Pravin Darekar, Girish Mahajan and Shrikant Bharatiya at the Raj Bhavan.
Earlier in the day, Fadnavis, who was in Delhi to strategize the BJP action plan amid the political struggle, was joined by BJP MP and senior lawyer Mahesh Jethmalani during the meeting with the minister. Interior, sources said. They are believed to have explored various options available to the party and deliberated on their legal feasibility.
After meeting Shah, Fadnavis visited Nadda’s residence and briefed him on the ongoing political developments in the western state.
Meanwhile, eight independent MPs have emailed the governor of Maharashtra demanding a ground test at the earliest, sources said.
What BJP said in the letter
Fadnavis’ letter to the Governor mentions that internal dissent has increased in Shiv Sena over the past 8-9 days and that they do not want an alliance with the NCP and Congress. The letter stated that 39 Shiv Sena MPs wanted an end to the MVA alliance. “CM Uddhav Thackeray therefore lost a majority in the Legislative Assembly,” he said.
On the other hand, these deputies are threatened. “Sanjay Raut openly stated that their corpses would come back from Guwahati. Other Shiv Sena leaders also use similar threatening language. We have enclosed proof of all of this,” the letter read.
He further stated that in a parliamentary democracy a majority is of utmost importance and without it the government cannot exist. “Thus, the CM should be asked to prove its majority immediately, this is my request to the governor,” the letter reads.
Eknath Shinde, the Shiv Sena strongman whose rebellion brought the Uddhav-led MVA government to the brink of collapse, is in Assam with more than 40 MPs. Its main grouse was Shiv Sena who was cutting ties with the former BJP ally and joining traditional opponents NCP and Congress. Claiming to be the “true Shiv Sainkis”, the rebels demanded that Uddhav break the alliance with the NCP and Congress and rejoin the BJP.
Uddhav’s second appeal to the rebels
Meanwhile, earlier today, Chief Minister Uddhav Thackray struck a note of reconciliation a day after stripping Shinde and other rebel MPs of their portfolios, and called on dissidents to return to Mumbai and him. talk, saying it’s not “too late”.
“It’s not too late. I ask that you come back and sit down with me and remove the confusion (created by your actions) among Shiv Sainiks and the public,” Thackeray’s aide said in a statement. statement.”If you come back and face me, a way could be found. As party chairman and head of the family, I still care about you,” he said.
Thackeray’s offer to mend the fences comes against the backdrop of controversial statements by some Shiv Sena leaders, particularly Sanjay Raut whose “40 Soulless Bodies” statement had caused a stir.
(With PTI inputs)
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