“MP CM Fadnavis makes quick decisions, will get pending works completed,” says CM Shinde
Jayant Patil proposed the same, said the principal secretary of the assembly.
After winning the crucial vote of confidence at the special session of the Maharashtra assembly on Monday, Chief Minister Eknath Shinde said he had never looked at the post but was supposed to be appointed CM for the MVA government. He said he had been suppressed for a long time and that the rebellion he was leading was a consequence of the unfair treatment meted out to him, an apparent reference to his former association with the Shiv Sena led by Uddhav Thackeray. “Today’s events did not happen in a single day,” Shinde said. His rebellion last month with a section of Shiv Sena MPs resulted in the collapse of the MVA government led by Uddhav Thackeray.
Shinde said his Shiv Sena and BJP faction would get 200 MPs elected in the next elections. He also said that the agenda of the new government was development and Hindutva. “We were Shivsainiks, we are Shivsainiks and will continue to be Shivsainiks,” Shinde said, adding that “we are late Balasaheb and Anand Dighe saitiks. Development and Hindutva are on our agenda.
“Initially I was supposed to be made CM in MVA government… But later Ajit dada (Ajit Pawar) or someone said I shouldn’t be made CM. I had no problem and I told Uddhav ji to go ahead and that I was with him. I never watched this post,” Shinde said, adding, “We are Shivsainiks and we will always be Shivsainiks by Balasaheb and Anand Dighe.
Shinde won the floor test in the Legislative Assembly on the final day of the House’s two-day special session. In the 288-member chamber, 164 MPs voted for the confidence motion, while 99 voted against. Three lawmakers abstained from voting, while 21 lawmakers, including Congress’s Ashok Chavan and Vijay Wadettiwar, were absent in the confidence vote.
President Rahul Narvekar announced that the vote of confidence was adopted by a majority. After the recent death of a Shiv Sena MP, the current membership of the assembly is reduced to 287, so the majority is 144.
Last month, Shinde launched a rebellion against the Sena. The majority of MPs sided with him, which led to the collapse of the MVA government led by Uddhav Thackeray. Shinde was sworn in as chief minister on June 30, a day after Thackeray left the post. BJP’s Devendra Fadnavis sworn in as deputy CM.
In the ground test, MPs Abu Azmi and Rais Shaikh (both from the Samajwadi party) and Shah Farukh Anwar (AIMIM) abstained from voting. Eleven Congress MPs – Chavan, Vijay Wadettiwar, Dheeraj Deshmukh, Praniti Shinde, Jitesh Antapurkar, Zeeshan Siddiqui, Raju Awale, Mohan Hambarde, Kunal Patil, Madhavrao Jawalgaonkar and Shirish Chaudhary – were absent during the ground test.
Chavan and Wadettiwar arrived late and were unable to enter the house at the time of the vote. The NCP legislators absent from the house were – Anil Deshmukh, Nawab Malik, Dattatray Bharane, Anna Bansode, Babandada Shinde and Sangram Jagtap. Deshmukh and Malik are currently in jail after being arrested in separate money laundering cases.
Two BJP MPs – Mukta Tilak and Laxman Jagtap – who are both seriously ill, also failed to come home, while Narvekar was unable to vote as he is the speaker. AIMIM lawmaker Mufti Mohammad Ismail also did not attend the session.
Ahead of the ground test, Sena MLA Santosh Bangar from Uddhav Thackeray’s camp joined Shinde’s faction, bringing his total to 40. Speaking in the house after the ground test, Fadnavis said that when some deputies were voting, members of the opposition benches shouted. “ED, ED”.
“It is true that the new government is formed by ED, which stands for Eknath and Devendra,” the BJP leader remarked. Without taking the name of former CM Uddhav Thackeray, Fadnavis claimed that Maharashtra had experienced a “leadership availability deficit” over the past few years.
“But, there are two leaders in the House (Shinde and himself), who will always be available to people,” Fadnavis said. In a jolt for former CM Uddhav Thackeray on Sunday, Maharashtra Assembly Speaker Rahul Narvekar reinstated Eknath Shinde as leader of the legislative party Shiv Sena, removing Ajay Chaudhary.
Narvekar had also acknowledged the appointment of Bharat Gogawale of Camp Shinde as Chief Sena Whip, removing Sunil Prabhu, who belongs to the Thackeray faction. Here is the position of the party in the Assembly: Shiv Sena 55, NCP 53, Congress 44, BJP 106, Bahujan Vikas Aghadi 3, Samajwadi Party 2, AIMIM 2, Prahar Janshakti Party 2, MNS 1, CPI (M) 1, PWP 1, Swambhimani Paksha 1, Rashtriya Samaj Paksha 1, Jansurajya Shakti Party 1, Krantikari Shetkari Party 1 and Independents 13.
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