Uddhav Thackeray-led Shiv Sena-NCP-Cong govt wins floor test

PTI

Mumbai: Shiv Sena President Uddhav Thackeray takes oath as the 18th Chief Minister of Maharashtra, at Shivaji Park in Mumbai, Thursday, Nov. 28, 2019. (PTI Photo)

Mumbai: Shiv Sena President Uddhav Thackeray takes oath as the 18th Chief Minister of Maharashtra, at Shivaji Park in Mumbai, Thursday, Nov. 28, 2019. (PTI Photo)

The Uddhav Thackeray-led Maha Vikas Aghadi government of the Shiv Sena-NCP-Congress alliance won the floor test in the Maharashtra Assembly on Saturday.

Altogether 169 MLAs vote in favour of the motion of confidence, pro tem Speaker Dilip Walse Patil informed the House.

Four MLAs abstained, he said.

Nobody voted against the motion as all the 105 MLAs had walked out of the 288-member House, boycotting the floor test, before the head count of MLAs began.

In the October 21 Assembly elections, the BJP emerged as the single largest party winning 105 seats. The Shiv Sena, NCP and Congress won 56, 54 and 44 seats respectively in the October 21 polls.

Uddhav Thackeray earlier introduced six members of his ministerial council in the state Legislative Assembly.

Eknath Shinde and Subhash Desai (Shiv Sena), Jayant Patil and Chhagan Bhujbal (NCP) and Balasaheb Thorat and Nitin Raut (Congress) had taken oath as ministers at Thackeray’s swearing-in ceremony held at Shivaji Park in Mumbai on Thursday.

Thackeray introduced the ministers during the special session of the 14th state Legislative Assembly, before facing the floor test.

Shinde and Desai were health and industries ministers respectively in the previous Devendra Fadnavis government.

Bhujbal was a deputy chief minister, while Patil had held portfolios like finance and rural development during the 15 years rule of the Congress-NCP till 2014.

Thorat and Raut have been revenue and animal husbandry ministers respectively for some time during the same period. The ministers were sworn-in on November 28 along with the Shiv Sena, NCP and Congress came together to form government in Maharashtra after the Thackeray-led party fell out with its ally BJP over-sharing chief ministerial post after the Assembly election result was announced on October 24.

(PTI)