The chief minister Devendra Fadnavis on Tuesday said the BJP would win the vote trust and that he was not going to break or poach upon any political party for eliciting support to cross the magic figure of 145. Fadnavis said, “ Yes, I am absolutely confident of winning the vote of trust on Wednesday.”
Fadnavis (44) who was sworn-in as the chief minister of Maharashtra on October 31, will have to establish his government’s majority on the floor of the state legislature assembly on Wednesday.
Officially, BJP has kept its plans ready to win the vote trust both with or without Shiv Sena, NCP. However, late night saw BJP evolving further strategies to consolidate its support base reaching out for support across parties including Sena.
During an informal talks, taking time out of his hectic schedule, Fadnavis said, “ I have the strategy in place. We are confident of number game and sure to win the confidence motion, I see no threat to the stability of the government.”
Throughout the day Fadnavis received stream of MLAs across party lines pledging support to his government. The chief minister indicated, there were feelers from members representing political parties including Shiv Sena who expressed desire to support the government. However, I am not in favour of breaking any political party. I am not in favour of breaking Shiv Sena, he added.
Till, late night BJP had already elicited support from smaller groups and independents. The BJP has 121 MLAs out of 288 MLAs in state assembly. However, support from smaller groups and individuals saw the BJP taking its tally upto 135 MLAs. The list of MLAs who made a beeline to give support to BJP across parties ensured the government would cross the half way mark of 145 MLAs. The MLAs from Vidarbha cutting across party lines wanted to lend a helping hand to Fadnavis government.
A senior Congress leader said, “ Although we have issued whip to our MLAs, if any body remains absent citing valid reasons we cannot disqualify them.” There were concerns expressed from Sena also with a section fearing some MLAs remaining “absent” would make it easier for BJP as it would drastically bring down the half way mark.
The rules mandate that half way mark is counted on total MLAs present during the voting in the state assembly. If total members present are 288 the half way mark would be 145. But if total members present come down to 265 to 270 with 15 to 18 remaining absent, the half way mark would come down to 135. The BJP is trying to win the vote trust with its own party MLAs plus smaller groups and independents.
It also indicated that NCP with 41 MLAs has also decided to support the vote trust to facilitate their stability. The NCP president Sharad Pawar late evening convened a meeting of state MLAs to evolve the strategy for tomorrow on floor test. Insiders indicated, “ We want to support BJP government.”
There are several MLAs within the Congress who also walked up to the BJP leaders both in government and outside to pledge their support to facilitate vote trust.