48 hours after being sworn in as the Cheif Minister (CM) of Maharashtra Uddhav Thackrey is set to face the trust vote on Saturday. The trust vote which is a constitutional requirement is a must to be secured for a government to be in power and the leader of the party (having government) to be the leader of the house (which is CM).
The 288 seat Maharashtra Assembly would today, put the trust on the government and would officially stamp the tri-party coalition government and Uddhav as the CM of the state. The NCP-Congress-Shiv Sena coalition is said to have the support to cross the majority mark.
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To win the trust vote Uddhav would need to secure at least 145 votes, which he is expected to gain easily as the coalition has more than 160 MLAs under there belt. A day before the Supreme Court Judgment the three parties did a show of strength in the “Hyatt Hotel” in Mumbai where 162 MLAs were made to take a pledge of loyalty.
Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut tweeted on Saturday, “Today is the day to prove majority… 170 +++++…,” highlighting that the coalition has more than sufficient numbers to sail past the trust vote.
The Maharashtra assembly would have a floor test at 2 PM which would be administered by pro tem Speaker Dilip Walse Patil, who had replaced BJP’s Kalidas Kolambkar on Friday for the two-day special Assembly session.
Post the trust vote a permanent Speaker will be elected and the name of the Lead Opposition (LoP) will be also announced on Sunday. Meanwhile, Uddhav who is the first CM from Thackrey family took charge of the office yesterday and had meetings with the state official.