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Nagpur: Trouble mounts for Maharashtra chief minister and Shiv Sena supremo Uddhav Thackeray as Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari directs him to face a floor test at 11 am on June 30.

Koshyari added that the proceedings will have to be completed by 5pm on the very same day. However, to escape the floor test, the Maha Vikas Aghadi government composed of Shiv Sena, Congress and NCP approached the Supreme Court against the governor’s directive.

The Supreme Court on Wednesday agreed to hear at 5pm the plea of Shiv Sena whip chief Sunil Prabhu, challenging Koshyari’s directive of floor test tomorrow.

“Ultimately we may agree or we may not agree, but having regard to the urgency, we think the matter is to be heard today,” Justice Kant, part of the two-member bench hearing the case, said.

On the other hand, Rebel MLAs chief Eknath Shinde said the rebels will return to Mumbai tomorrow and will be directly heading to the Maharashtra Assembly to prove their majority. The Shinde clan has been camping in Guwahati for since the past one week and will be heading to Goa today where 70 rooms have already been booked.

Commenting about the development, Sena leader Sanjay Raut said that the government will go to the top court against the governor’s decision and termed demanding a floor test as an ‘unlawful activity’ as the matter of disqualification of 16 MLAs is still pending in the Supreme Court.

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