SC refuses to stay Maharashtra Governor’s direction to Uddhav Thackeray-led MVA govt for Thursday floor test in assembly

Updated: few hours ago

New Delhi, Jun 29 (PTI) The Supreme Court on Wednesday refused to stay the direction of the Maharashtra Governor to the 31-month-old Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) government to take a floor test in the Assembly on Thursday to prove its majority after which the beleaguered chief minister Uddhav Thackeray quit office.

Observing that the floor of the House is the only way to settle such "issues of democracy", a vacation bench of Justices Surya Kant and J B Pardiwala, in a rare hearing that began at 5 pm after the court hours, was vehemently asked by the Shiv Sena to defer the floor test on various grounds. The Thackeray camp said heavens will not fall if the floor test is not held on Thursday.

Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari had earlier in the day ordered that the floor test be held at 11 am on Thursday, a development that led the Shiv Sena chief whip Sunil Prabhu to rush to the apex court to challenge the direction amidst the nine-day political imbroglio sparked by the intra-Shiv Sena power struggle involving the chief minister and the senior rebel minister Eknath Shinde.