Maharashtra Floor Test: The newly-elected Uddhav Thackeray-led Maha Vikas Aghadi government of the Shiv Sena, NCP and Congress alliance on Saturday won the crucial floor test after getting 169 votes in their favour. This came amid an uproar by BJP MLAs, led by Devendra Fadnavis, who staged a walkout amid the proceedings. Pro tem Speaker Dilip Walse Patil informed the House that nobody voted against the motion as all the 105 MLAs had walked out of the 288-member House before the head count of legislators began. Four MLAs abstained from voting, he added.
Protesting against the appointment of Patil, Fadnavis said, “Never was a pro tem speaker replaced in India, why was BJP’s Kolambkar replaced from post. The saffron party also alleged that the swearing-in ceremony of the ministers was not carried out as per the Constitution and that the Assembly session was not held as per rules.
Patil was appointed pro-tem Speaker to conduct the proceedings of the special two-day session which commences today. On Sunday, the Assembly Speaker’s election will be held, followed by the 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, Devendra Fadnavis.