Eknath Shinde-led govt to face vote of confidence July 4

Maharashtra Chief Minister Eknath Shinde has to prove a majority in the state Assembly on July 4. The Special Session of the Maharashtra Assembly will be held on July 3 and 4, when the newly formed Shinde government will face the vote of confidence. The nomination for Speaker’s election will be filed on July 2 and the election will be held on July 3. The Speaker post has been vacant since Congress MLA Nana Patole resigned last year.

In a surprise move, Eknath Shinde was announced as the Maharashtra CM on Thursday while Devendra Fadnavis took oath as his Deputy. Shinde has claimed he has the support of 50 MLAs including those from Shiv Sena and Independents.

Earlier on Thursday, Eknath Shinde and Fadnavis had met Maharashtra Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari and staked a claim to form the government.