Maharashtra Government Highlights: In his first major decision after assuming office as Maharashtra Chief Minister, Uddhav Thackeray Friday ordered a stay on the Aarey carshed work. Thackeray held a cabinet meeting with senior bureaucrats which was followed by a press conference where he said, "I have stayed Aarey carshed work, not a single tree leaf will be cut till further notice." He clarified that the stay is on Aarey carshed and not on the metro development, adding that the project would resume after it is reviewed.
Thackeray will face the crucial floor test on Saturday at 2 pm. NCP leader Dilip Walse Patil has been appointed as the Protem Speaker of the state assembly as a special session of the Maharashtra Assembly has been convened tomorrow.
Earlier in the day, the Supreme Court dismissed a petition filed by Pramod Pandit Joshi, the spokesperson of Akhil Bharat Hindu Mahasabha, against the post-poll alliance of Shiv Sena, NCP and Congress in Maharashtra. Rejecting the plea, the apex court said, "Don't expect us to go into areas where the court has no jurisdiction. The political parties have to abide by the promises made. We expect parties to abide by promises but if for some reason they don't, we cannot do anything about it.”