As the Uddhav Thackeray-led government faces a trust vote in the Maharashtra assembly, rebel Shiv Sena MLAs under the leadership of Eknath Shinde left their hotel in Guwahati soon after 5 p.m. today and boarded a chartered flight to Goa before travelling to Mumbai the next day.

A hotel was booked for them in Goa already, sources said.

The MLAs had also gotten on buses at 10 in the morning before they finally left in the evening, but they had returned after visiting the well-known Kamakhya Temple. They had stated they would hold off on filing a petition to overturn the trust vote until the Supreme Court issued its ruling. They have now fled even though no order has yet been given.

The 40 MLAs have spent the previous week in a five-star hotel in Guwahati, the capital of BJP-ruled Assam, as they attempt to topple the Shiv Sena-NCP-Congress administration. 50 MLAs, including 40 of the Sena’s 55 MLAs, are said to back Eknath Shinde. The rebels want the Sena to reject the NCP and Congress in favour of forming a government with the BJP, its “natural ally.”

After meeting with BJP leaders and being informed that the coalition led by Thackeray has lost its majority, Governor Bhagwat Singh Koshyari ordered the test of strength. To challenge the governor’s directive, Team Thackeray has filed a case with the Supreme Court. Because 16 dissident MLAs have not replied to the Deputy Speaker’s notices regarding their potential disqualification, they claim the ruling is unlawful.

The Governor is not a defendant in the disqualification case that is currently before the court, according to Vivekanand Gupta, the secretary of the BJP’s Mumbai chapter, hence no judgement of the Supreme Court is binding on him. “The Governor being the constitutional head is well with(in) his rights to call for floor test, when MLAs have shown no confidence in the government,” Mr Gupta tweeted.

Aryan Jakhar

Aryan Jakhar works as an Editor-in-Chief at The Shining Media. Also, he is an editor at YouthPolitician (digital media situated in Taiwan). He writes his opinions on social issues at YouthKiAwaaz and also on his blogger website.

By Aryan Jakhar

Aryan Jakhar works as an Editor-in-Chief at The Shining Media. Also, he is an editor at YouthPolitician (digital media situated in Taiwan). He writes his opinions on social issues at YouthKiAwaaz and also on his blogger website.

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