Maharashtra CM Eknath Shinde and Maharashtra Deputy CM Devendra Fadnavis with newly elected Speaker Rahul Narwekar.
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The four-day old Shiv Sena-BJP government will face the floor test on July 4 during the special two-day session of the Legislative Assembly beginning Sunday. The election to the post of the Speaker of the House was held Sunday, in which BJP’s Rahul Narwekar was elected. Ahead the session, the Eknath Shinde-led faction of Shiv Sena sealed the legislative party office in the Vidhan Bhavan. The Maha Vikas Aghadi had fielded Shiv Sena MLA Rajan Salvi.
Rebel Shiv Sena MLAs who have extended support to Maharashtra Chief Minister Eknath Shinde on Saturday returned to Mumbai from Goa on the eve of a special two-day session of the state legislature which will see election for the Assembly Speaker speaker’s as well as a floor test of the new government.
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New Maharashtra CM Eknath Shinde and other rebel Shiv Sena MLAs at the Mumbai airport, Saturday. They returned from Goa on the eve of an Assembly session. (Express Photo by Amit Chakravarty)
A special two-day session of the Maharashtra Legislative Assembly will commence here from July 3, officials said on Friday. A communique issued by the state legislature secretariat to the members of the assembly said the election to the post of the Speaker of the House will be held on July 3. Nominations for the post will be accepted till 12 noon on July 2.
Speaking about the latest political controversy within the Maha Vikas Aghadi alliance in Maharashtra, former Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray said that if Union Home Minister Amit Shah had stuck to the original deal of making a Sena leader CM for 2.5 years there would have been no MVA and a BJP leader would have been CM today. "About what happened yesterday, I had told Amit Shah earlier as well that there should be a Shiv Sena CM for 2.5 years (during Shiv Sena-BJP alliance). Had they done this earlier, there would've been no Maha Vikas Aghadi," he said.
The Supreme Court is set to hear on July 11 a set of pleas, including one filed by the Shiv Sena, seeking the disqualification of the rebel party leaders, led by Chief Minister Eknath Shinde. Shiv Sena's Chief Whip Sunil Prabhu on Friday moved the apex court seeking their suspension from the House, till a final decision is taken on their disqualification. Prabhu has also sought an order restraining them from entering the Assembly.
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