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Maharashtra floor test today, NCP neta new pro tem speaker | India News


MUMBAI: After a colourful swearing-in ceremony and relatively calm first day in office, Maharashtra chief minister Uddhav Thackeray faces his first test, the confidence vote, on Saturday.
The vote will take place under new pro tem speaker Dilip Walse Patil, the NCP veteran having replaced BJP’s Kalidas Kolambkar in a sudden cabinet move on Friday.
Saturday will also be the day nominations are filed for the speaker’s election to be held on Sunday. The assembly is taking up the vote of confidence a day before the speaker’s election and governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari’s address to the joint session of the legislature.
The role of Dilip Walse Patil, an ex-assembly speaker, will be key in the confidence vote on the Aghadi government as he will decide whether there should be a voice vote or polling. “If he is convinced that a majority of members are in favour of the motion, it can be passed without polling. However, if a majority asks for polling, he will have to put it to vote.”
BJP was taken by surprise by the move to replace Kolambkar, who it had thought would preside over the special session for the trust vote.
Sena has 56 MLAs, NCP 54, and Congress, 44. Another 12 from smaller parties and Independents supported the Aghadi when it staked claim. The pro tem speaker has a casting vote in case of a tie.

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