Mumbai, Nov 29 (IANS) Senior Nationalist Congress Party leader Dilip Walse-Patil will be the Pro-Tem Speaker of the Maharashtra Legislative Assembly and will preside over a special session of the house called on Saturday, officials said here on Friday.
Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray, who was sworn-in on Thursday, will have to prove his majority in the house by December 3.
The ruling Maha Vikas Aghadi comprising Shiv Sena-Nationalist Congress Party-Congress alliance, may also be required to face a floor-test soon, most likely on Saturday.
The MVA has now claimed a total of over 170 legislators in support and is expected to sail through the floor test easily, MVA leaders said.
On November 26, Governor B.S. Koshyari had appointed a Pro-Tem Speaker to conduct the swearing-in ceremony of the 287 newly-appointed legislators, which was completed smoothly, as per the orders of the Supreme Court.