Though he has been telling his friends that he has not shifted all his belongings to his official residence ‘Varsha’ as yet because he may have to go back to the MLA hostel any day, CM Devendra Fadnavis’ body language said he was quite sure of winning majority on the floor of the assembly on November 12.
People close to Fadnavis said the CM was sitting pretty with 138 MLAs having pledged support to his government, in case the Sena doesn’t come along.
They said the party has managed to get 138 MLAs on its side — only seven short of a majority in the 288-member house. In all 121 MLAs from BJP, one from BJP’s ally Rashtriya Samaj Paksha, seven independents, three from Bahujan Vikas Aghadi, three from Peasants and Workers’ Party and three from other small parties will bolster the ruling party, insiders said. The BJP has reduced its strength by one because Mukhed MLA Govid Rathod died because of heart attack on October 26.
“Some may vote in favour and others may abstain or stay neutral,” said a senior BJP leader, who has been talking with these MLAs. He said some independents have been offered ministerial berths in exchange of their support.
BJP may not need support of the above in case the NCP (41 MLAs) supports it from outside or the Sena decides to join the government.
However, it will have to keep options open in future as the NCP has decided to extend issue-based support and might pull the plug on BJP if something goes wrong.
Fadnavis refused to comment on the possibilities. “Everything will fall in place. Please wait till the time of trust vote,” he told HT.