Mumbai. Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray submitted his resignation to the state Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari at the Raj Bhavan here on Wednesday night. Raj Bhavan sources said the governor accepted Thackeray’s resignation and asked him to continue as the chief minister till alternative arrangements were made. Thackeray reached Raj Bhavan driving a Mercedes car.
Thackeray was accompanied by his sons Aditya and Tejas as well as Shiv Sena leaders Neelam Gorhe and Arvind Sawant and others. Thackeray met Governor Koshyari at Raj Bhavan at 11:44 pm. Shiv Sena workers accompanying Thackeray raised slogans when his convoy reached the Raj Bhavan. Later, Thackeray returned to his residence ‘Matoshree’ in suburban Bandra.
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In fact, the Supreme Court said on Wednesday that the Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) government of Maharashtra will have to face a floor test in the assembly to be held on Thursday. A vacation bench of Justice Surya Kant and Justice JB Pardiwala on June 30 refused to interfere with the governor’s direction to the MVA government to prove majority in the assembly.
He said, “We are not stopping the floor test. We are issuing notice… you can file a counter.” However, soon after its decision, Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray announced his resignation making the issue academic. The top court also said that it will hear the matter on merits along with other matters on July 11 and the result of Thursday’s examination will depend on the final outcome of the petition.
The court said, “We do not see any ground to stay the special session of the Maharashtra Legislative Assembly on June 30 i.e. tomorrow at 11 am. The proceedings of the trust vote to be called on 30th June will be subject to the final outcome of the immediate writ petitions as well as the writ petitions mentioned above. The special session of the Maharashtra Legislative Assembly will be held in accordance with the instructions contained in the AAA Governor of Maharashtra’s communication dated June 28.”
After a marathon hearing of over three hours, the bench on Thursday reserved its order on a plea by Shiv Sena Chief Whip Sunil Prabhu challenging the Maharashtra Governor’s direction to prove majority in the House.
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FIRST PUBLISHED : June 30, 2022, 01:00 IST