Maharashtra CM Eknath Shinde wins trust vote in Assembly after dislodging Uddhav Thackeray

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Maharashtra Chief Minister Eknath Shinde on Monday won the floor test in the state Assembly on the last day of the two-day special session of the House.

In the 288-member House, 164 MLAs voted for the motion of confidence, while 99 voted against it. Three legislators abstained from voting, while Congress’s Ashok Chavan and Vijay Wadettiwar were among those absent during the trust vote.

Speaker Rahul Narvekar announced that the trust vote was carried by a majority vote.

While describing what he alleged were threats to his family over his revolt, Eknath Shinde referred to two of his children who had died and choked up.

“They attacked my family…My father is alive, my mother died. I could not give much time to my parents. They would be asleep when I came and would go to work when I slept. I could not give much time to my son Shrikant. My two children died – at the time, Anand Dighe consoled me. I used to think, what is there to live for? I will stay with my family,” the Chief Minister said.

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Meanwhile, Aaditya Thackeray, Shiv Sena MLA, may face disqualification after he “defied” a whip to vote for Maharashtra Chief Minister Eknath Shinde during a test of strength today.

Shiv Sena MLAs were instructed to vote for the Eknath Shinde government by a Chief Whip chosen by the rebel camp. The Chief Whip was endorsed at the stroke of midnight by the Speaker elected yesterday, Rahul Narvekar.

Last month, Eknath Shinde launched a rebellion against the Sena. Majority of MLAs sided with him, which led to the collapse of the Maha Vikas Aghadi government led by Uddhav Thackeray.

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Shinde was sworn in as CM on June 30, a day after Uddhav Thackeray quit the post. BJP’s Devendra Fadnavis was sworn in as the deputy CM.

Speaking in the House after the floor test, Fadnavis said when some MLAs were voting, members from the opposition benches shouted “ED, ED”.

“It is true the new government is formed by ED, which stands for Eknath and Devendra,” the BJP leader remarked.