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Maharashtra: What Sunday’s Numbers Say About Today’s Test To Prove

Eknath Shinde's government will take the test of majority tomorrowNew Delhi: The election for the Maharashtra Speaker's post is being considered a semi-final ahead of the vote today, when the Eknath Shinde government would need to prove its majority. Here is what today's voting result revealedBJP's Rahul Narwekar was elected Speaker with 164 votes. The…

Maharashtra: What Sunday's Numbers Say About Today's Test To Prove Majority

Eknath Shinde’s government will take the test of majority tomorrow

New Delhi: The election for the Maharashtra Speaker’s post is being considered a semi-final ahead of the vote today, when the Eknath Shinde government would need to prove its majority.

Here is what today’s voting result revealed

  1. BJP’s Rahul Narwekar was elected Speaker with 164 votes. The Opposition’s candidate, Rajan Salvi, got 107 votes.

  2. The Uddhav Thackeray-led faction of Shiv Sena has moved Supreme Court for suspension of 16 MLAs from the Shinde camp. In that case, the majority mark would come down to 137. With 16 less votes, the Eknath Shinde-Devendra Fadnavis government will have 148 votes past the majority mark. 

  3. In fact, even If all 39 rebel MLAs are disqualified, the ruling alliance would be past the magic number, today’s voting shows. Suspension of 39 MLAs would bring the majority mark down to 125. Mr Narwekar got 164 votes. With 39 less, the ruling alliance would still be home.

  4. MLAs of Samajwadi Party and AIMIM did not vote. Even if they vote tomorrow, Team Uddhav Thackeray won’t have the numbers to win the vote.

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