A day before the crucial vote in the Maharashtra assembly to prove its majority, Chief Minister Eknath Shinde has been declared the leader of the legislative assembly while the appointment of Ajay Chaudhary and Sunil Prabhu has been declared invalid. Bharat Gogawale has been appointed as the chief whip. Rahul Narwekar, the BJP legislator, easily went past the majority mark with 164 votes as voting to elect the Maharashtra Assembly Speaker was held via head count. He was up against Shiv Sena MLA Rajan Salvi of the Uddhav Thackeray team who got 107 votes.Also Read – Maharashtra Floor Test: Eknath Shinde Wins Trust Vote With Support of 164 MLAs | LIVE
The election for the post of Assembly Speaker was crucial in view of the recent turn of events in the state. Legal experts say that the new Speaker may dismiss the disqualification proceedings against 16 Shiv Sena MLAs from the Shinde camp, including the newly sworn-in Chief Minister himself. The disqualification notices were issued to them by Deputy Speaker Narhari Zirwal last month. Also Read – Shiv Sena Office In Maharashtra Assembly Sealed After Two Groups Claim It
Eknath Shinde, who came to Mumbai on Saturday evening along with 50 MLAs, including 39 Sena rebels who were staying at a Goa hotel after returning from Assam, will face the test of strength on Monday. Also Read – Sena vs Sena: Two-Day Special Maharashtra Assembly Session Begins Today; Shinde Govt to Face Floor Test on July 4
Eknath Shinde took charge as the Chief Minister of Maharashtra on Thursday night, while the former chief minister and senior BJP leader Devendra Fadnavis was elected as his Deputy.