Mumbai: The Uddhav Thackeray-led Maha Vikas Aghadi (MAV) government of the Shiv Sena-NCP-Congress alliance will face a floor test in the Assembly on Saturday.
NCP leader Dilip Walse Patil, whose name was recommended to the governor by Uddhav Thackeray, will be the pro-tem Speaker. Ambegaon MLA Patil, serving his seventh term as legislator, replaced the BJP's Kalidas Kolambkar, who was appointed as pro-tem Speaker earlier when the MLAs were administered oath.
The government is expected to have a smooth sailing in the floor test, said a Vidhan Bhawan official.
A two-day sitting of the Assembly will begin on Saturday. The trust vote will be taken up on day one, preceded by the introduction of the new ministers in the House.
On Sunday, the Assembly Speaker's election will be held, followed by tabling of motion of thanks on the governor's address in the House. The new Speaker will then announce the name of the Leader of Opposition in the Assembly.
Governor BS Koshyari has asked Thackeray to prove his majority by December 3. The ruling alliance has claimed it has the majority with a total of 170 seats in a House of 288.
Thackeray, who is also the Shiv Sena president, was sworn in as the chief minister on Thursday evening and hours later, presided over his government's first cabinet meeting.
Besides Thackeray, six other ministers — two each from the Sena, the Congress and the NCP - also took oath. Former chief minister Devendra Fadnavis will be declared the leader of Opposition in the Maharashtra Assembly.
The Shiv Sena, NCP and Congress formed the government after the Thackeray-led party fell out with pre-poll ally BJP over sharing the chief ministerial post.
The BJP emerged as the single largest party, winning 105 seats. The Shiv Sena, NCP and Congress won 56, 54 and 44 seats, respectively, in the October 21 polls.