Ahead of floor test of Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray-led Maha Vikas Aghadi government of the Shiv Sena-NCP-Congress alliance in Maharashtra Assembly, Sena MP Sanjay Raut on Saturday claimed that they have the support of over 170 MLAs. “Majority day. 170+++++. There is no one yet who can defeat us,” Raut tweeted in Hindi early morning.
The Shiv Sena, which contested Maharashtra Assembly Elections in alliance with the Bharatiya Janata Party, has 56 members in the 288-member House. The Nationalist Congress-Part (NCP) has 54 members while Congress has 44 MLAs. The Shiv Sena-NCP-Congress has a strength of 154 which is comfortably above the minimum requirement of 145.
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Earlier on Friday, Sanjay Raut said an anti-BJP coalition would be formed in neighbouring Goa. Raut also spoke to leaders of the Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party (MGP) and Goa Forward Party (GFP), both of which are, like the Shiv Sena, former BJP allies.
While GFP leader Vijai Sardesai met Raut in Mumbai and supported the Sena's proposal, MGP's Sudin Dhavalikar also said that such a coalition was possible.
"There will be definitely an earthquake. Sardesai is here with all his MLAs. Some other MLAs, who have backed the (BJP) government, are in touch with us," Raut told reporters in Mumbai.
"After Maharashtra, (it is) Goa, there will be a big movement across the country. We will form a non-BJP front," Raut said.
In the 40-member Goa Assembly, the BJP has 27 MLAs of its own, and is backed by one independent MLA. Congress has five MLAs, GFP three and NCP and MGP one each. Besides, there are two other independent MLAs.