We will easily win floor test, Speaker election: Eknath Shinde

Panaji:-Reacting to Shiv Sena President Uddhav Thackeray’s statement that a ‘deserter cannot be a Shiv Sena CM’, Maharashtra Chief Minister Eknath Shinde said on Friday that he has the support of more than two-third Sena MLAs and hence they (Shiv Sena rebels and the BJP) will easily win the floor test.

Earlier on Friday, Thackeray had said that a person who has sidelined the Sena cannot be called a ‘Shiv Sainik’ CM.

While leaving for Mumbai from Goa, Shinde told mediapersons at the Dabolim airport that he is going ahead with the ideology of Balasaheb Thackeray.

“We have enough support… We will easily win the floor test and even the Speaker’s election. There is no doubt in it and there is nothing to worry about. The picture is very clear,” Shinde said.

Stating that he is committed to the overall development of Maharashtra, Shinde said, “Right now I am going to Mumbai to hold a meeting of the disaster management committee.”

“We have enough numbers and are working as the Shiv Sena legislative party. We are committed towards the development of Maharashtra. We are the Shiv Sainiks of Balasaheb and we are taking ahead his Hindutva agenda. All the pending projects in Maharashtra shall be completed now,” he said.

Maha: Shinde to prove majority in spl assembly session on July 3-4

A day after swearing-in a new government headed by Chief Minister Eknath Shinde with Devendra Fadnavis as the Deputy Chief Minister, Maharashtra Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari has convened a Special Session of Maharashtra Assembly on July 3-4.

The agenda will be — election of a new Speaker which is likely to take place on Sunday (July 3), followed by a ‘vote of confidence’ in the new government on Monday (July 4), according to officials.

The Speaker’s post is vacant since over a year after the previous incumbent, Congress’ Nana Patole had resigned over a year ago, and Nationalist Congress Party’s Deputy Speaker Narhari Zirwal functioned as Acting Speaker.

The latest developments came a day after the Shinde-Fadnavis government assumed charge following the abrupt resignation of the Maha Vikas Aghadi Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray on June 29.

Belying all expectations at the last-minute, the BJP offered the coveted post of CM to Shinde, and offered outside support, but hours later, following a Central party diktat, Fadnavis joined as Deputy Chief Minister — ending a 10-day long unprecedented political upheaval in the state.

The Shinde group has claimed the support of around 40 Shiv Sena MLAs plus 10 independents and others, besides the Bharatiya Janata Party’s 106 MLAs, well above the required 145 mark in the 288-member house.