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Maharashtra: Uddhav Thackeray-led Sena-NCP-Congress govt wins floor test | India News


NEW DELHI: The Uddhav Thackeray-led Maha Vikas Aghadi government of the Shiv Sena-NCP-Congress alliance on Saturday passed the floor test in Maharashtra assembly even as the BJP staged a walk out.
Altogether 169 MLAs voted in favour of the motion of confidence, pro tem Speaker Dilip Walse Patil informed the House. Four MLAs abstained, he said.
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Nobody voted against the motion as all the 105 BJP MLAs had walked out of the 288-member House, boycotting the floor test, before head count of MLAs began.
The floor test was held through open ballot as per the directions of the Supreme Court.
As Congress leader Ashok Chavan proposed trust vote in the assembly, opposition MLAs from the BJP raised slogans and walked out of the Maharashtra assembly in protest.
Earlier, as soon as the assembly session began, BJP members raised slogans of ‘Jai Shri Ram’ and ‘Har Har Mahadev’ in the House. Pro-tem speaker Dilip Walse Patil urged the members to maintain order in the House and allowed former chief minister Devendra Fadnavis to speak.
Speaking on the floor of the House, Fadnavis objected to the appointment of NCP leader Patil as the pro-tem speaker of the Maharashtra assembly. As soon as the House assembled, Fadnavis alleged the assembly session was not being conducted as per the rules.
“The assembly starts with Vande Mataram and ends with National Anthem when it is called. This session started without Vande Mataram that is the reason it is violating the rules,” he said.
However, Dilip Walse Patil rejected his claim, saying that the session was being held as per governor’s nod.
On Sunday, the assembly speaker’s election will be held, followed by tabling of motion of thanks on the governor’s address in the House.
The new speaker will then announce the name of the Leader of Opposition in the assembly.
Governor B S Koshyari has asked Thackeray to prove majority by December 3.
The Shiv Sena, NCP and Congress formed the government after the Thackeray-led party fell out with its pre-poll ally BJP over sharing the chief ministerial post.
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.
NCP MLA Dilip Walse Patil was on Friday appointed as the pro-tem speaker of the assembly. He replaced BJP MLA Kalidas Kolambkar, who was earlier this week appointed to the post.
Patil is a former speaker of the assembly.
Thackeray, who is also the Shiv Sena president, was sworn-in as the chief minister on Thursday evening and hours later, presided over his government’s first cabinet meeting.
Besides Thackeray, six other ministers – two each from the Sena, the Congress and the NCP – also took oath.
(With agency inputs)

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