Earlier on Sunday night, Maharashtra’s Prime Minister Eknath Shinde and his party’s Shiv Sena MPs met with Vice President CM Devendra Fadnavis, BJP MPs and other party leaders at a hotel in Mumbai to find a strategy for the floor test. .
“The government of Shiv Sena and the BJP Alliance will face a majority test on Monday, the second day of the special session of the Legislative Assembly. What exactly will be the policy of the government was discussed at the meeting held in the presence of all MPs. MPs today,” said sources.
Fadnavis claimed that the Shinde government would prove its majority by 166 votes.
“The youngest candidate in the podium won the presidential election with 164 votes today as 2 MPs could not come because of health issues. We would prove our majority with 166 votes in the vote of confidence,” he said.
The BJP currently has 106 members in the 288-member parliament in Maharashtra, and Shinde is leading 39 Shiv Sena rebels and some independents. Following the recent death of MP Shiv Sena, the current strength of the parliament has been reduced to 287, bringing the majority to 144.
Shinde and BJP-led camps won a landslide victory on Sunday as BJP’s Rahul Narwekar was elected president of the Maharashtra Legislature and defeated Shiv Sena’s candidate Rajan Salvi.
Interestingly, amid ongoing fighting between two Shiv Sena parties led by Eknath Shinde and Uddhav Thackeray, both parties issued special whips to the party’s MPs to vote for their candidates in Sunday’s presidential election and later accused each other of violating them. .
Arvind Sawant, a member of parliament for Shiv Sena, who is in the Uddhav Thackeray camp, said 39 of the party’s MPs did not listen to his whip, adding that they had asked for their disqualification from the parliament.
“Our 39 MPs did not listen to our whip and did not follow the party’s orders, so we have asked for their disqualification from the new Speaker, Rahul Narwekar. Shiv Sena, Uddhav Thackeray’s chief, has chosen Ajay Choudhari as the group’s leader,” Sawant said.
However, Rahul Narwekar, President of the Maharashtra Legislative Assembly, has taken note of the letter sent by Bharat Gogawale, who is a faction leader in a party led by Eknath Shinde. Gogawale said 16 Shiv Sena MPs had broken the whip.
Narwekar received a total of 164 votes in support and 107 went to Shiv Sena’s candidate. In the presidential election, 12 MPs were absent and 3 MPs abstained.
In the latest developments, Sena’s Uddhav Thackeray party has also started a legal process to expel 16 MPs, including Shinde. Maharashtra’s newly appointed parliamentary speaker, Rahul Narwekar, said in the House today that he had received a letter from Bharatshet Gogawale, the whip of Shiv Sena party Shinde, that “16 MPs have broken their whip and sought action”. “I have noticed this,” said Narwekar.
Shinde said in his first address to parliament in Maharashtra on Sunday that Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s decision and Amit Shah’s interior minister to let him lead the government despite having more members than his side have “opened the eyes of many”.
He also said that after the collapse of the government of Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) in the country, the “BJP-Shiv Sena government” took over the government based on the belief of the party’s founder Balasaheb Thackeray.
Aaditya Thackeray, leader of Shiv Sena, called Monday’s floor test a “moral test” for lawmakers.
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