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In the last act of the month-long Maharashtra political drama, Uddhav Thackeray, who took oath as Chief Minister on November 28 will face a floor test in the assembly at 2 PM on November 30.

Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari had asked Shiv Sena chief to prove his majority by next Tuesday.

Uddhav Thackeray leads Shiv Sena, Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) and Congress alliance, also known as Maha Vikas Aghadi.

In the 288-member House, the three parties together have 154 MLAs, nine more than the majority level. Several independents still endorse them, bringing their strength to 165.

In last month’s Maharashtra election, the Sena had emerged with 56 seats as the second-largest party.  Its then ally BJP was the largest party with 105 seats.

Although there was a majority for the 30-year-old allies to form the government, the Sena ended the alliance amid power-sharing tussle. The Shiv Sena said that the BJP opposed the rotational chief ministership, which was earlier agreed upon.

Thackeray after becoming the CM chaired the first meeting of his cabinet on November 29 at Sahyadri Guest House in south Mumbai.

The Maha alliance unveiled its common minimum programme (CMP) in the meeting, which will guide the three-party government.

Reservation on jobs for local youth, subsidised clinics and canteens, immediate farm loan waivers and free education for girls from poor families are some of the promises made by the Shiv Sena-NCP-Congress alliance in its Common Minimum Programme.

Senior NCP leader Dilip Walse Patil was appointed as the protem speaker of the Maharashtra Assembly on November 29. Patil replaced BJP’s Kolambkar, who was appointed before when the MLA’s administered oath.

Maharashtra Congress chief Balasaheb Thorat has said party leader Nana Patole will be the Congress candidate for Speaker elections.


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