Santhosh Bangar is the Shiv Sena MLA who joined the Shinde faction today. He reached the Assembly this morning from the hotel where the rebel MLAs are staying. PWP MLA Shyamsundar Shinde, who was in favor of the Mahavikas Aghadi alliance, has also switched to the NDA alliance.
After BJP member Rahul Narwakar was elected as the Speaker of Maharashtra, Shinde’s party also won the trust vote. Rahul Narvekar got 164 votes while Rajan Salvi, the joint candidate of Shiv Sena, Congress and NCP parties got 107 votes. By winning the Speaker election, Eknath Shinde was the first step to achieve success after breaking away from the Shiv Sena. Following this, Shinde has also won the trust vote.
Before the setback in the trust vote, the Uddhav side suffered a setback in the Supreme Court today. The Supreme Court rejected the demand for immediate intervention in the process of accepting Eknath Shinde as the leader of the Shiv Sena Legislative Party by Speaker Rahul Narvekar.
After Rahul Narwalker was elected as the Speaker of Maharashtra, the dissident faction of the Shiv Sena issued a notice demanding the expulsion of 16 MLAs. After becoming Speaker, Narwakar elected Chief Minister Eknath Shinde as the leader of the Shiv Sena’s Legislative Assembly. Shiv Sena’s Chief Whip also endorsed Bharat Gogawala.