Mumbai, June 29: Maharashtra BJP leader Devendra Fadnavis met Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari on Tuesday night at Raj Bhavan. In his meeting, Fadnavis urged the Guv to ask CM Uddhav Thackeray to prove confidence in his government. The former CM also sought a floor test. Fadnavis' meeting came hours after Shiv Sena leader Eknath Shinde said that he will be coming to Mumbai soon, and also claimed that he has the support of 50 MLAs with him.

As the Maharashtra political crisis enters the eighth day here are all the latest developments:

Uddhav Thackeray on Wednesday resigned as the Chief Minister of Maharashtra ahead of the floor test in Maharashtra. Addressing the state virtually, Thackeray said he is stepping down as the CM of Maharashtra. He will also resign as a member of the legislative council.

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Supreme Court, after hearing arguments made by all the parties, gave its decision on Shiv Sena's plea against the floor test. SC, in its judgment, allowed to conduct the floor test in the Maharashtra Assembly tomorrow.

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Supreme Court reserves the order on the plea filed by Shiv Sena chief whip Sunil Prabhu challenging Maharashtra Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari's direction to CM Uddhav Thackeray to prove his majority support on the floor of the House on June 30. Meanwhile, Supreme Court will pronounce orders on Shiv Sena's plea challenging the floor test at 9 pm today.

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BJP MLAs Arrive at Taj President hotel Ahead of Floor Test Tomorrow:

Solicitor General Tushar Mehta Starts Arguments for Governor of Maharashtra:

Eknath Shinde Has Support of 55 MLAs:

Supreme Court, during the hearing, asked Senior advocate Neeraj Kishan Kaul - how many MLAs are in the dissident group?

Advocate Kaul said the rebel group has the support of 55 MLAs. Out of 55, 39 MLAs are from Shiv Sena, which is why the great nervousness to facing the Floor Test. "Rebel MLAs are not leaving Shiv Sena. We're the Shiv Sena, we have an overwhelming majority," he added.

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Maharashtra CM Uddhav Thackeray, Minister Aditya Thackeray Leave from Mantralaya:

My Own People Betrayed Me, Says CM Uddhav Thackeray in Cabinet Meet:

The MVA-led Maharashtra Cabinet on Wednesday approved the renaming of Aurangabad to Sambhaji Nagar and Osmanabad to Dharashiv. Navi Mumbai Airport's name will be changed to DB Patil International Airport.

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At Maharashtra Cabinet Meeting, Congress demanded to rename Pune city as Jijau Nagar and Navi Mumbai Airport to be named after DB Patil.

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We are not rebels. We are Shiv Sena, Says Eknath Shinde:

"As far as disqualification issue is concerned, that matter is sub judice before us. We will determine it. How does the floor test depend on qualification or disqualification? Are these powers interchangeable or inter related?," Justice Kant asked the MVA lawyer.

"On one hand, court has stayed disqualification proceedings, on the other hand, MLAs are going to vote tomorrow, it's a direct contradiction," MVA lawyer told SC.

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Maharashtra CM Uddhav Thackeray and state minister Aaditya Thackeray along with other ministers arrive at Mantrayala in Mumbai for a cabinet meeting.

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Devendra Fadnavis Speaks to MNS Chief Raj Thackeray

Amid the ongoing political instability in Maharashtra, BJP leader Devendra Fadnavis on Wednesday spoke to MNS Chief Raj Thackeray and sought his help in the Floor Test scheduled for tomorrow. It must be noted that MNS has one MLA in the Maharashtra Assembly.

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We are not worried about any floor test: Eknath Shinde

Ahead of the floor test in Maharashtra, Shiv Sena leader Eknath Shinde said 50 MLAs are with him and they have 2/3 majority. He also said that they will reach Mumbai tomorrow. "We are not worried about any floor test. We will pass all things and no one can stop us. In democracy majority matters and we're having that," Shinde said.

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Fadnavis to meet BJP leaders

Former Maharashtra Chief Minister and leader of opposition Devendra Fadnavis has called a meeting of BJP leaders at his residence in Mumbai this afternoon.

'I'm with BJP since beginning'

Maharashtra Independent MLA Rajendra Raut on Wednesday said that he is with BJP since beginning. "Devendra Fadnavis took stand for me in the state Assembly," he said.

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'We will win the floor test tomorrow'

Ahead of the trust vote against Maharashtra CM Uddhav Thackeray, rebel Shiv Sena MLA Gulabrao Patil said that people are with us and we will win the floor test tomorrow and will form the government. "There is no need to worry," he said.

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Supreme Court to hear plea against floor test today

Shiv Sena chief whip Sunil Prabhu has moved the Supreme Court challenging the Maharashtra Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari's direction to the Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) government to take a floor test and prove its majority in the House on Thursday (June 30). The court will hear the case at 5 pm today.

BJP, rebel MLAs prepare for the floor test

According to sources, rebel MLAs will be heading to Goa today; 70 rooms have been booked at Taj Resort & Convention Centre, Goa for them. Meanwhile, BJP has directed its MLAs to assemble at the Taj President hotel in Mumbai by today evening.

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We will go to the Supreme Court: Sanjay Raut

Reacting to Governor's decision to call for a floor test, Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut said that this is an unlawful activity as the matter of disqualification of our 16 MLAs is pending in Supreme Court.

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Will go to Mumbai tomorrorw: Eknath Shinde

Amid the ongoing political crisis in Maharashtra, Shiv Sena leader Eknath Shinde along with four other rebel MLAs offered prayers at Kamakhya Temple in Guwahati, Assam. "I'm here to pray for the peace & happiness of Maharashtra. Will go to Mumbai tomorrow for the floor test & follow all the process," he said.

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Trust vote against CM Uddhav Thackeray on June 30

Maharashtra Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari has written a letter to the state Assembly secretary asking him to convene a special session of the State Assembly on June 30, with the only agenda of a trust vote against CM Uddhav Thackeray.

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According to reports, eight Independents have written to Maharashtra Governor seeking an immediate floor test. More importantly, Shinde is also likely to meet Guv Koshyari and a floor test might take place this week only.

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