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A Look At Maharashtra Numbers As Sulking Minister, MLAs Camp In Gujarat

If the MLAs led by minister Eknath Shinde resign, the Sena’s number will come down to 34.

The Uddhav Thackeray government in Maharashtra appears to be in trouble after minister and Sena leader Eknath Shinde reportedly moved to a hotel in Surat in BJP-ruled Gujarat with 21other party MLAs.

Here are five points on how the numbers stack up

  1. The total strength of Maharashtra Assembly is 288. With one legislator dead, the number is down to 287. This means the majority mark in the Assembly, in the event of a trust vote, is now 144.

  2. The Maha Vikas Aghadi government of the Sena, Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) and the Congress currently has 152 legislators. The alliance also claims the support of some Independents.

  3. The Sena has 56 MLAs, of whom 22 are learnt to be holed up in the Surat hotel. If these MLAs led by minister Eknath Shinde resign, the Sena’s number comes down to 34.

  4. This would bring down the Maha Vikas Aghadi’s strength in the House to 130. With 22 MLAs resigning, the new majority mark in the House will be 133.

  5. The BJP is now claiming support of 135 MLAs, two more than the majority mark. But If these 22 Sena MLAs try to switch over, they will need to resign under the anti-defection law and get elected back in bypolls. 

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