Mumbai: Ahead of the crucial trust vote of the first BJP government in Maharashtra, the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP), which had earlier decided to abstain, has now agreed to support the vote of confidence motion, reports said on Sunday.
“If Shiv Sena joins the government, there will be no problem. We will not be part of the government but we do not want to create instability by voting against a minority government. So NCP will abstain if there is voting,” NCP spokesman Nawab Malik had said.
A special three-day session of the Maharashtra assembly will begin here November 10 in which the first BJP government will face a crucial trust vote on November 12.
All the 287 newly-elected legislators would be sworn-in and the minority government headed by Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis will face the confidence vote of the house.
The details of the special session were finalised at a cabinet meeting presided over by Fadnavis here Saturday, cabinet minister Sudhir Mungantiwar told media persons.
According to the schedule, November 10-11 will be devoted to the swearing-in of the 287 new members of the 288-strong house. An elected legislator from Nanded died last week.
The following day, November 12, a new speaker would be elected followed by the vote of confidence.
"We are confident of passing the floor test," Mungantiwar said.
In the October 15 elections, the BJP emerged as the single largest party with 122 legislators plus one from its pre-poll ally, the Rashtriya Samaj Paksha.
BJP legislator Govind Rathod from Nanded died last week, reducing the party's tally to 121 in the house where it requires 145 for a simple majority.
The BJP's 25-year-old ally Shiv Sena with 63 seats has not yet made up its mind whether to join the government or sit in the opposition, though talks were underway between the two parties.
The Nationalist Congress Party, which extended 'unconditional external support', has already announced it will abstain from voting.
With the support of seven independents and some smaller parties, besides the abstention by NCP, Fadnavis is expected to have a smooth sailing in the confidence vote.
After the three-day special session, the government will plan out the winter session of the assembly which is traditionally held in the second capital Nagpur, Fadnavis' home town in Vidarbha in eastern Maharashtra.
The 44-year-old Fadnavis was sworn-in as the chief minister at the Wankhede Stadium Friday, and took charge of his duties here Saturday.