NEW DELHI: BJP MP Rahul Narwekar was elected the new president of the assembly of Maharashtra on Sunday. The election for Speaker of the House took place after the House began at 11 a.m.
The position of President became vacant in state assembly after Nana Patole resigned from Congress last year.
The new Shiv Sena-BJP government will face the ground test on July 4.
Here are the main developments of the day
We leave the government to form a new government: Shinde
Following the election of the President, CM Eknath Shinde said a Sena-BJP government has been formed in the state and it is the first time in the country’s history that they “left the government to form a new government”.
Speaking of the rebel Shiv Sena MPs, Shinde said, “More than 50 MPs trusted a common party worker and not so important as me.”
“People who wanted to return were respectfully sent on a chartered flight. Not a single person was forced to stay with me,” the newly elected CM said.
“Everyone thought Devendra Fadnavis would become the CM and what I would get. I didn’t want anything. Prime Minister Narendra Modi showed great trust in me,” Shinde said of his rise to the CM.
Rahul Narwekar wins 164 votes
BJP’s Rahul Narvekar won the presidential election on Sunday with a majority of 164 votes. Narvekar defeated Shiv Sena candidate led by Uddhav Thackeray Rajan Salvi which received 107 votes.
Vote organized by counting
The vote to elect the president of the assembly took place by counting.
Samajwadi party abstained from voting against BJP candidate Narwekar. His deputies Abu Azmi and Raees Shaikh remained seated during the count. An AIMIM deputy abstained from voting, while another was absent during the session held on Sunday.
Sena factions emit whip
The two Sena factions, one led by Uddhav Thackeray and the other led by Eknath Shinde, issued whips asking MPs to vote for their respective candidates.
Shinde Sena seals legislative party office in Vidhan Bhavan
Chief Minister Eknath Shinde, the Shiv Sena-led Shiv Sena faction, has sealed the legislative party office in the Vidhan Bhavan. A white piece of paper was taped to the closed doors of the Vidhan Bhavan’s office, with a message in Marathi saying, “The office is closed as per instructions from Legislative Party Shiv Sena.
Before the ground test, there is a morality test: Aaditya Thackeray
Shiv Sena leader Aaditya Thackeray meanwhile said that before the ground test, there was a “morality test” for MPs. “The Shiv Sena has issued a whip. It will be known in time to come against whom action will be taken,” Shiv Sena chief Aaditya Thackeray said on Sunday after arriving at the Vidhan Sabha.
“Since I have to attend the State Assembly session today, I will miss the protest for Aarey Forest and MMRCL land. I humbly urge the new government to reconsider its decision. Don’t cast hate for us, on our beloved Mumbai,” Thackeray tweeted earlier on Sunday.
“The new government should not take its anger out on us, on Mumbai. I ask the new government to let the metro car park in Mumbai itself and not damage the forests here,” Thackeray said.
President position vacant since February 2021
The position of president became vacant in the state assembly after Nana Patole resigned from Congress in February 2021, to take up the slack as leader of the party’s state unit. In the absence of a speaker, Vice President Narhari Zirwal acted as acting speaker in the House.

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