Mumbai: With a combined strength of around 165 legislators in the 288-member Maharashtra Assembly, the Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA)-led by Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray is confident of winning the floor test here later on Saturday.
The floor test will be conducted by Pro-Tem Speaker Dilip Walse-Patil after the House assembles at 2 p.m., for a special session of two days.
The development comes four days after the previous Pro-Tem Speaker Kalidas Kolambkar had conducted the swearing-in ceremony of the newly-elected legislators, as per a Supreme Court order.
“We have a very comfortable majority with over 165 members supporting us. We shall easily prove our majority in the house today,” said newly-inducted NCP Minister Chhagan Bhujbal.
On Thursday, Thackeray took the oath as Chief Minister and took charge of the Mantralaya on Friday.
The Shiv Sena-Nationalist Congress-Congress and other allies besides some others like Bahujan Vikas Aghadi together have notched up a figure of 165, comfortably higher than the half-way mark of 145 required for a simple majority.
After the floor test and trust vote in the new government, the new Speaker of the Assembly will be elected before the winter session of the legislature.