Mumbai: The Uddhav Thackeray-led government will be facing a floor test in the Assembly at 2pm today. Shiv Sena president Uddhav Thackeray has taken the oath of office of Chief Minister, but he has yet to prove a majority. Uddhav Thackeray-led alliance government in Maharashtra faces a trust vote this afternoon, a test in which the newly-appointed Chief Minister will have to prove his majority in the state assembly.
The floor test comes after a week of rapid developments that began with a surprise oath by the BJP’s Devendra Fadnavis and his eventual resignation 80 hours later. It is worth mentioning that, till now there was speculation that Uddhav Thackeray would prove a majority on December 3. However, Uddhav Thackeray can prove a majority in the floor test today at 2 pm instead of December 3.
In an attempt to reach out to the agrarian communities in a government that is ‘top-heavy’ with western Maharashtra and Maratha leaders, Congress on Saturday nominated its former Kisan Wing leader Nana Patole for the Speaker’s post.
It may be mentioned that Governor Bhagat Singh Koshari has given the time till December 3 to prove his majority. The ruling combine has claimed support of at least 162 MLAs in the 288-member Assembly.The Shiv Sena, NCP and Congress formed the government after the Thackeray-led party fell out with its pre-poll ally BJP over sharing the chief ministerial post.
Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray on Friday said he became the chief minister of Maharashtra unexpectedly, but he didn’t want to run away from the responsibility. Thackeray, who is heading a Shiv Sena-Nationalist Congress Party (NCP)-Congress coalition, was sworn in as the chief minister on Thursday.