Altogether 169 MLAs vote in favour of the motion of confidence, moved by former CM Ashok Chavan and seconded by senior NCP and Sena members
THE Uddhav Thackeray-led Mahavikas Aghadi Government of the Shiv Sena-NCP-Congress alliance passed the floor test in the Maharashtra Assembly on Saturday. The BJP, with 105 MLAs, staged a walkout before head count of members began in the 288-member House. The boycott, it said, was against the “unlawful manner” in which the Ministers were sworn-in and the House session convened. Altogether 169 MLAs vote in favour of the motion of confidence, moved by former CM Ashok Chavan and seconded by senior NCP and Sena members. Pro-tem Speaker Dilip Walse Patil informed the House that four MLAs abstained during the vote.
They include two from the All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM), one from CPI(M) and a member of the MNS, led by Uddhav’s estranged cousin Raj Thackeray. Claiming that the business transacted in the Assembly ahead of the floor-test was in violation of Constitutional norms, the BJP staged a walkout, adding it will raise the issue before Governor B S Koshyari. Uddhav Thackeray, wearing a saffron turban, thanked House members and people of Maharashtra after the pro-tem speaker declared that his Government had won the floor test. “I thank all the members for trusting me. I also thank the people of the State. It is not possible to work without their blessings,” he said.
“There was some pressure before coming to the House as I did not have the experience of working in the House but only on the ground. I feel fortunate to be here,” he said. This was 59-year-old Thackeray’s first time in the House. Behind him sat his son Aaditya, along with other Sena MLA, all wearing saffron turbans. “You (the BJP) feel stung when we took names of Chhatrapati Shivaji (while taking oath). I will take the name again and again. Those who don’t take names of their parents, have no right to live,” he said.
“It is not Maharashtra’s culture when you think taking name of Chhatrapati Shivaji and parents is a crime,” he said. BJP legislature unit leader Devendra Fadnavis objected to replacement of party MLA Kalidas Kolambkar as the Pro-tem Speaker with NCP’s Dilip Walse Patil. Such a replacement has happened for the first time in the history of India as the Shiv Sena-NCP-Congress alliance was scared of losing the floor test, he said in the House.
BJP stages walkout in Mah Assembly before floor-test
THE BJP on Saturday staged a walkout from the Maharashtra Legislative Assembly ahead of the floor-test for the Uddhav Thackeray Govt, alleging that the business of the House was conducted in violation of the Constitutional norms. A special session of the Legislative Assembly was held here 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 national 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 Sonia and Sharad Pawar Saheb’s name. The oath has to be taken as mentioned in the pro forma,” he added.