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Uddhav Thackeray-led Shiv Sena-NCP-Congress govt wins floor test

Altogether 169 MLAs vote in favour of the motion of confidence, pro tem Speaker Dilip Walse Patil informed the House

Press Trust of India  |  Mumbai 

Uddhav Thackeray
Shiv Sena President Uddhav Thackeray greets his supporters after swearing-in as the 18th Chief Minister of Maharashtra, at Shivaji Park in Mumbai, Thursday, Nov. 28, 2019 | Photo: PTI

The Uddhav Thackeray-led Maha Vikas Aghadi government of the Shiv Sena-NCP-Congress alliance won the floor test in the Maharashtra Assembly on Saturday.

Altogether 169 MLAs vote in favour of the motion of confidence, pro tem Speaker Dilip Walse Patil informed the House.

Four MLAs abstained, he said.

Nobody voted against the motion as all the 105 MLAs had walked out of the 288-member House, boycotting the floor test, before head count of MLAs began.

In the October 21 Assembly elections, 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.

The opposition party alleged that it would take up the issue with Governor B S Koshyari. The BJP also objected to replacing party's Kalidas Kolambkar as the pro tem speaker with NCP's Dilip Walse Patil, saying that such a thing happened for the first time in the history of India as the Shiv Sena-NCP-Congress alliance scared of losing floor test under a regular Speaker. A special session of the Legislative Assembly was held on Saturday. However, the BJP MLAs walked out of House after Walse Patil ordered head count on motion of confidence. "Business is being transacted in the House in violation of the Constitution. The session itself is not in line with the rules.

Since the anthem had been played after the last session, it had ended sine die," BJP's legislature unit leader Devendra Fadnavis told reporters. "Summons was required to be issued through Governor to convene a new session. But that was not to be the case," he alleged. Fadnavis also charged that the oath-taking ceremony of Thackeray and his six ministers, too, was not in line with the rules. "Someone took Balasaheb Thackeray's name, someone took names of (Congress chief) Sonia (Gandhi) ji and (NCP president Sharad) Pawar Saheb's name. The oath has to be taken as mentioned in the pro forma," he added. On the floor test being conducted on the pro tem Speaker's watch, Fadnavis said it was done so as the government is scared of losing the trust vote under a regular speaker. "They were afraid that their government will collapse if regular Speaker is there... That is why we staged a walk out. We are going to write to the Governor saying the business was not transacted in line with the Constitution," he added. In the 288-member Maharashtra Assembly, the BJP is the single-largest party with 105 MLAs, followed by the (56 MLAs), the NCP (54 MLAs) and the Congress (44 MLAs).

First Published: Sat, November 30 2019. 15:10 IST
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