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Maharashtra floor test highlights: Decision to reduce VAT on fuel soon, announces Eknath Shinde; Ajit Pawar named Leader of Opposition

Maharashtra floor test highlights: Decision to reduce VAT on fuel soon, announces Eknath Shinde; Ajit Pawar named Leader of Opposition

Maharashtra floor test highlights: Decision to reduce VAT on fuel soon, announces Eknath Shinde; Ajit Pawar named Leader of Opposition
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Maharashtra politics live updates: The Eknath Shinde-Bharatiya Janata Party government won the floor test today during the special two-day session of the Maharashtra Legislative Assembly. On Sunday, BJP MLA Rahul Narvekar was elected as the Speaker of the Maharashtra Assembly. Narvekar has rejected the appointment of Sena MLA Ajay Chaudhary as the group leader of the legislative unit of the party and has reinstated Shinde as Shiv Sena legislature party leader. The development comes as a major setback to the Thackeray faction comprising 16 MLAs who will be bound by the whip to be issued by Bharat Gogawale for the trust vote. If these 16 MLAs refuse to follow the whip, they face disqualification. Reacting to the development, Shiv Sena chief MP Arvind Sawant said his party will challenge this "unconstitutional" decision in court. Shinde has the support of 10 legislators of smaller parties and independents and 106 MLAs of the BJP in the 288-member House. Following is the party position in the Assembly: Shiv Sena 55, NCP 53, Congress 44, BJP 106, Bahujan Vikas Aghadi 3, Samajwadi Party 2, AIMIM 2, Prahar Janshakti Party 2, MNS 1, CPI (M) 1, PWP 1, Swambhimani Paksha 1, Rashtriya Samaj Paksha 1, Jansurajya Shakti Party 1, Krantikari Shetkari Party 1, and Independents 13. There is a vacancy due to the death of Shiv Sena MLA Ramesh Latke in May. Two NCP members - Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar and Food and Civil Supplies Minister Chhagan Bhujbal - have tested COVID-19 positive, while two other party legislators - Anil Deshmukh and Nawab Malik - are currently in jail.

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Jul 4, 2022 11:00 PM

Shinde directs Raigad and Ratnagiri collectors to take precautions against heavy rain

CM Eknath Shinde directs the district collectors of Raigad and Ratnagiri to take precaustions in view of the heavy rains there. Some rivers have reached the warning level: Chief Minister's Office

Jul 4, 2022 10:21 PM

Eknath Shinde tweets photos of his visit to Balasaheb Thackeray's memorial

Jul 4, 2022 9:32 PM

Chief Minister Eknath Shinde and MLAs visit Hutatma Smarak

Jul 4, 2022 9:30 PM

Did not give Aaditya Thackeray's name for disqualification: Bharat Gogawale

"We have given notices to disqualify all the MLAs who defied our whip. We have not given Aaditya Thackeray's name due to our respect for Balasaheb Thackeray. The CM will take a call on this," said Shiv Sena chief whip Bharat Gogawale

Jul 4, 2022 9:13 PM

Eknath Shinde and MLAs at Balasaheb Thackeray's memorial at Shivaji Park

Jul 4, 2022 8:39 PM

CM Eknath Shinde congratulates Sharad Pawar

"Congratulations and best wishes to NCP leader Ajit Pawar for being named the Leader of Opposition in the Maharashtra Legislative Assembly," tweeted CM Eknath Shinde. 

Jul 4, 2022 7:31 PM

CM Eknath Shinde speaks:

On development in the state: "We will cut VAT on petroleum to provide relief to the people of the state. When the Central government comes with any state government, the development speed increases multifold in that state. We will surely get benefity from Devendra Fadnavis' experience."

On cabinet expansion and Uddhav Thackeray-led camp: "We will see about cabinet expansion. The Uddhav Thackeray camp are regularly going to courts and even today went to the Supreme Court. Bharat Gogawale is our Whip and I am the legislative party leader. Action will be taken against those who violated our Whip."

On Presidential polls: "All the MLAs who voted in our favour today will support Draupadi Murmu in the Presidential polls. Sharad Pawar is a big leader, but whatever he says is just the opposite of the fact. We will complete two-and-a-half years of governance. Next time, we will have 200 MLAs, 100 ours and 100 BJPs."

Jul 4, 2022 7:00 PM

Fadnavis on Ajit Pawar becoming the Leader of Opposition

Deputy CM Devendra Fadnavis' office's official Twitter handle tweeted that he congratulated Ajit Pawar on being named the Leader of Opposition. He said Pawar is a free-spirited and kind-hearted person. Discipline and punctuality are his special qualities. He has made his mark everywhere from co-operation to politics, Fadnavis said. 

Jul 4, 2022 6:27 PM

Rs21 crore for development of Hirkani village: CM Eknath Shinde

CM Eknath Shinde took to Twitter to announce Rs21 crore for the overall development of the Hirkani village at the foothills of Raigad. In another tweet, he said the Shiv Sena-BJP alliance aims to make Maharashtra a farmer suicide-free state

Jul 4, 2022 6:16 PM

NCP's Ajit Pawar named Leader of Opposition in Maharashtra Assembly. NCP Legislative party leader Jayant Patil proposed and it was approved by the Assembly.

Jul 4, 2022 4:43 PM

CM Eknath Shinde announces the state will take a decision to reduce VAT on fuel soon.  A decision will be taken by the state cabinet.

Jul 4, 2022 4:23 PM

Also read | Who is Eknath Shinde – the Sena leader at the centre of Maharashtra’s political crisis?

Maharashtra urban development minister and Shiv Sena leader Eknath Shinde pushed the ruling Uddhav Thackeray-led Maha Vikas Agahdi (MVA) government into a political crisis on Tuesday after he, along with 10 other MLAs moved to a hotel in Gujarat's Surat. 14 other MLAs have also turned rebels, according to reports. Shinde is expected to address the media today, while Congress and Shiv Sena have been holding meetings to assess the situation.

Jul 4, 2022 3:45 PM

CM Eknath Shinde addresses Maharashtra Assembly after winning the trust vote

He says:

- Will take Balasaheb Thackeray's legacy forward

- MLAs have shown faith in me

- Initially, I was supposed to be made CM in the MVA government. But later Ajit Dada (Ajit Pawar) or someone said that I should not be made CM. I had no problem and I told Uddhav ji to go ahead, and that I was with him. I never eyed that post.

Jul 4, 2022 3:27 PM

Maharashtra Congress-in-charge HK Patil refutes reports of Congress pulling out of MVA alliance

"I saw some reports stating Congress likely to pull out of the MVA alliance in Maharashtra. It is false. Congress has neither discussed this nor decided on anything. The rumours are far away from the truth. MVA alliance is stable," says Patil.

Jul 4, 2022 3:14 PM