Shinde camp heads for disqualification of 16 Uddhav MPs after president’s election victory

After the massive show of force in the Maharashtra Assembly Speaker elections, Eknath Shinde’s camp moved towards the disqualification of 16 Uddhav Thackeray Sena MPs. Shiv Sena (Shinde Camp) Chief Whip Bharat Gogawale informed newly elected President Rahul Narwekar that they were heading towards the disqualification of the 16 MPs.

In a first major victory for Eknath Shinde’s camp, NDA candidate and BJP’s Rahul Narwekar was announced as the new Speaker of the Maharashtra Legislative Assembly on Sunday. Rahul Narwekar passed the majority mark with 164 votes, against 107 votes registered for the MVA candidate and Shiv Sena MLA Rajan Salvi. After his landslide victory, which helped prove the Shinde camp’s breakthrough numbers, Narwekar was welcomed into the President’s Chair with chants of ‘Vande Mataram’ and ‘Jai Sri Ram’.

All eyes are now on the ground test scheduled for tomorrow. The four-day-old Shiv Sena-BJP government will face the ground test on July 4 during the two-day special session of the Legislative Assembly. Notably, the Supreme Court gave the green light to the floor test. The Uddhav Thackeray Shiv Sena had approached the Supreme Court to challenge Maharashtra Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari’s order to call a ground test on Thursday.

Eknath Shinde makes his first address as Maharashtra CM

Addressing the Maharashtra Legislative Assembly for the first time as Chief Minister, Eknath Shinde congratulated BJP’s Rahul Narwekar on being elected by a full majority on Sunday as Speaker of the State Assembly . Speaking about his alliance with the saffron party, Shinde said Shiv Sena and the BJP are now back in power in Maharashtra and together they will carry forward Balasaheb Thackeray’s legacy on Hindutva.

“In the past 10-15 days, everything that happened, everyone witnessed it. Today, Shiv Sena-BJP is back in power in Maharashtra. We take the legacy of the Hindutva ideology of Balasaheb Thackeray,” said CM Eknath Shinde.

“Some said, we are in contact with certain MPs, sometimes it’s 5, then 10, 20 and 25. I asked him to name them and I would have provided them with the special charter flight. I did not expect anything , but the BJP respected our democracy and I supported it. Whatever the perception or anticipation, it turned out to be wrong,” he added.

As many as 50 MPs who support Shinde, including 39 rebel Shiv Sena lawmakers, flew to Mumbai from Goa on Saturday evening on a chartered flight. Shinde, who had flown to Goa in the morning, accompanied them.

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