Maharashtra Floor Test Live: The new Maharashtra government, which came to power after a 10-day revolt by Shiv Sena MLA Eknath Shinde, brought up the Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) government, faced a floor test on Monday and proved majority on the second day of the special session in the state. Legislative Assembly.
BREAKING NEWS LIVE UPDATES: A day after Rahul Narvekar was elected as the Speaker of the Maharashtra Legislative Assembly, the Eknath Shinde government on Monday rested with 164 votes, securing a trust vote after two weeks of political turmoil in Maharashtra. Meanwhile, Shiv Sena’s Uddhav Thackeray-faction on Monday filed a fresh petition in the Supreme Court against the Speaker’s decision to recognize a new whip for the party.
Earlier on Saturday, Fadnavis had claimed that the Shinde government would prove the majority with 166 votes. At present, the BJP has 106 MLAs in the 288-member Maharashtra Assembly and Shinde is leading over 39 rebel MLAs of Shiv Sena and some independents. Recently after the death of a Shiv Sena MLA, the present strength of the assembly has come down to 287, thus the majority mark is 144.
Maharashtra Deputy Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis during the assembly session: Whatever decisions were taken in the previous cabinet regarding the change of name, we will uphold those decisions as we are of the same view. We will have to reaffirm those decisions as the previous cabinet was not as per rules as the governor had already asked the government to face the floor test. But we will hold a cabinet meeting and confirm the names decided in the last cabinet meeting of the previous government.
Maharashtra Deputy Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis during the assembly session: Our alliance got the mandate but we were deliberately taken away from the majority. But with Eknath Shinde, we have once again formed our government with Shiv Sena. A true Shiv Sainik has been made CM. I became Deputy CM as per the order of my party.
Maharashtra Deputy Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis during the assembly session: Had the party told me, I would have sat at home too – the same party that made me the CM. Today I tell you that there will never be a struggle for power in this government, we will continue to cooperate. People taunt that this is the ED government. Yes, this is ED Sarkar-Sarkar of Eknath Devendra.
Maharashtra Deputy Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis during the assembly session: I once said that I will come back. But when I said this, many people made fun of me. I have come back today and brought him (Eknath Shinde) with me. I will not take revenge on those who made fun of me. I will forgive them, not everything is taken to heart in politics.
During the assembly session, Maharashtra Deputy Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis said that everyone should be ready to listen to the voices of opponents in politics. We have seen people being jailed for making and posting statements on social media. We must be prepared for those who speak against us. We should respond to criticism in a proper way.
Maharashtra political turmoil: Several Shiv Sena MLAs, including Aaditya Thackeray, walk out of the House after the trust vote.
A Mumbai court has issued a bailable warrant against Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Raut in a defamation complaint filed by BJP leader Kirit Somaiya’s wife.
Maharashtra CM Eknath Shinde won the trust vote by a margin of 164-99, with 3 members abstaining from voting.
Maharashtra Floor Test Live: Eknath Shinde gets 164 votes in his favor during the trust vote in the assembly. Now the votes against the trust vote will be counted from the bench of the opposition.
Maharashtra Floor Test Going Live: Eknath Shinde-led government reaches majority mark of 145 in Maharashtra Assembly, counting of votes is still on.