Shinde-Fanavis-led Maharashtra govt gets a whopping 164 votes in the floor test
In a major jolt to the Thackeray faction, the Eknath Shinde–Devendra-Fadnavis-led Maharashtra government clear the floor test in 23 minutes with a whopping 164 votes. While 99 votes were polled against the newly formed BJP-Shinde camp coalition.
Congress MLAs Ashok Chavan and Vijay Wadettiwar were absent from the House, while another MLA, Shyamsundar Shinde joined the Eknath Shinde group just before the trust vote.
Earlier, late on Sunday, the newly-appointed speaker Rahul Narvekar of the Maharashtra Assembly reinstated Eknath Shinde as Shiv Sena legislative party leader. Narvekar struck down the appointments of Ajay Chaudhary as the Shiv Sena Legislature Party Leader (SSLP) and the Chief Whip Sunil Prabhu.
Following the rebellion in the Sena which erupted on June 20, the Thackeray faction removed Eknath Shinde and appointed Shiv Sena MLA Ajay Chaudhary as the legislative party leader, besides naming Prabhu as the Chief Whip.
The legislature has accorded recognition to the Sena rebel leader — now Chief Minister Eknath Shinde, as the SSLP and the rebel group’s nominee Bharat Gogawale as the Chief Whip.
Deputy Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis has expressed confidence that the ruling alliance will easily win the House trust as it has 166 MLAs on its side, comprising the BJP, the Shiv Sena’s rebel group which broke away on June 20, besides independents and smaller parties’ legislators — sufficient to clear the midway mark of 145 (in the 288-member Lower House).
[With Inputs from IANS]
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