Maharashtra floor test likely on Saturday, Sena-NCP-Cong 'confident of sailing through'

NCP MLA Dilip Walse Patil was appointed as the pro-tem Speaker in the Maharashtra Assembly ahead of the floor test.

Published: 29th November 2019 05:12 PM  |   Last Updated: 30th November 2019 08:48 AM   |  A+A-

Uddhav, Sharad Pawar, Prithviraj Chavan

Sena's Udhhav Thackeray took oath as the CM of Maharashtra on Thursday. (Illustration| Amit Bandre)

By ANI

MUMBAI: Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) MLA Dilip Walse Patil was on Friday appointed as pro-tem Speaker in the Maharashtra Assembly.

Walse Patil is a former speaker of the Assembly.

A special session of the Maharashtra Assembly will be convened on Saturday where 'Maha Vikas Aghadi' government is likely to prove its majority in the 288-member House.

The floor test will be held in the afternoon, a Vidhan Bhavan official told the media.

Speaking to ANI, Shiv Sena MLA Abdul Sattar said, "Floor test might take place tomorrow. We are ready. Earlier we had 162 MLAs, now we are 170 and the number will go up. But there is no doubt that this government has the majority."

Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray, the leader of 'Maha Vikas Aghadi' -- Sena-NCP-Congress combine, took oath as the Chief Minister of Maharashtra on Thursday.

Besides Thackeray, six other ministers - two each from the Sena, the Congress and the NCP - also took the oath.

Governor BS Koshyari has asked Thackeray to prove majority by December 3.

In fast-moving political developments on Tuesday, Fadnavis and Pawar resigned from their posts after the Supreme Court ordered the floor test the next day. They were sworn-in as chief minister and deputy chief minister on Saturday morning.

Before submitting his resignation to Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari, Fadnavis held a press conference to announce that he did not have the requisite number of MLAs to prove a majority in the 288-member Assembly.

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