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Maha political crisis: SC to hear Sena’s plea against floor test at 5pm

By Priyanka Verma 
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Maharashtra: On Wednesday, The Supreme Court agreed to hear at 5 pm the plea of Shiv Sena chief whip Sunil Prabhu, challenging Maharashtra Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari’s directive to Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray to prove his majority support on the floor of the House tomorrow. While allowing urgent listing, Justice Kant said, “Ultimately we may agree or we may not agree, but having regard to the urgency, we think the matter is to be heard today…We will keep the case at 5 PM. tentatively we are fixing 5 o clock.”

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“We will keep at 5pm. Please make sure that paper books are supplied by 3pm to parties concerned,” the bench said. Earlier in the day, Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Raut said the party would move the Supreme Court against the demand to prove majority a week after around 40 MLAs of the party led by Eknath Shinde revolted against him.

Taking to Twitter, Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Raut said, “The court gives time to the legislators to present their case till July 11 and the session of the state assembly is called in a day. This is not only an injustice but also a mockery of the Indian Constitution.”

Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Raut futher said, ” We will go to the Supreme Court (against the Maharashtra Governor’s decision to call for a floor test). This is an unlawful activity as the matter of disqualification of our 16 MLAs is pending in SC. The Governor was waiting for this moment only.”

Shiv Sena MP Priyanka Chaturvedi, who has sided with the Uddhav Thackeray camp, asked, “How can a floor test be asked for when the disqualification of 16 MLA has deferred by the Supreme Court till 11th July?” “How can these MLAs participate in the floor test till their disqualification status not decided and the other matters for which notice sent is subjudice?” “This would be contempt of court proceedings if floor test conducted despite the matter not getting final hearing in the SC [Supreme Court],” she said.

Shiv Sena chief whip Sunil Prabhu moved the Supreme Court soon after Governor BS Koshyari ordered a floor test where Uddhav Thackeray will have to prove the majority. The move for the floor test is believed to be triggered by Maharashtra BJP leader Devendra Fadnavis’s meeting with the Governor after Fadnavis met the leadership in Delhi.

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