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Maharashtra floor test: Uddhav wins trust vote after BJP MLAs stage walkout

Maharashtra Floor Test: The 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.

By: Express Web Desk | Mumbai, New Delhi | Updated: November 30, 2019 7:00:22 pm
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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.

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The Uddhav Thackeray-led Shiv Sena-NCP-Congress government today won the floor test with 169 votes in their favour. Get latest updates here.


    17:24 (IST)30 Nov 2019
    Union Home Minister Amit Shah arrives in Mumbai

    Maharashtra: Former Chief Minister & BJP leader Devendra Fadnavis receives Union Home Minister and BJP President Amit Shah at Mumbai Airport.  


    16:19 (IST)30 Nov 2019
    We are confident that Maharashtra will get a stable govt for next five years: Supriya Sule

    Wishing a full five-year government to Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray, Shiv Sena leader NCP leader Supriya Sule congratulated the CM for winning the floor test.

    16:10 (IST)30 Nov 2019
    Cabinet expansion of Uddhav Thackeray govt deferred

    Cabinet expansion of the Uddhav Thackeray government which was supposed to happen soon after the floor test was deferred owing to disagreements between the three parties. " “Negotiations will continue. Once consensus is reached between all sides, the expansion of the Cabinet can take place,” said a leader.

    15:56 (IST)30 Nov 2019
    Taking name of Chhatrapati Shivaji and parents is not a crime: Uddhav Thackeray

    "It is not Maharashtra's culture when you think taking the name of Chhatrapati Shivaji and parents is a crime,"  Uddhav Thackeray added.   Former Maharashtra chief minister Devendra Fadnavis claimed that the oath-taking ceremony of Thackeray and six other ministers were also 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. The oath was not taken as per the given format," Fadnavis  said.  

    15:36 (IST)30 Nov 2019
    CM Uddhav Thackeray says he will continue take oath in name of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj

    Responding to Fadnavis's claim of oath-taking not being done as per constitution rules, Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray said he will continue to take oath in name of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj and his parents. " Yes, I took oath in name of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj and also in name of my parents. If this is an offence then I will do it again," he said. 

    14:59 (IST)30 Nov 2019
    Uddhav govt wins floor test by 169 votes

    The Uddhav Thackeray-led government won the floor test by 169 votes in their favour.

    14:55 (IST)30 Nov 2019
    Uddhav Thackeray wins trust vote amid BJP protests

    Amid protests by the BJP, Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray passed the floor test in the Assembly.

    14:53 (IST)30 Nov 2019
    Will urge Governor to suspend proceedings in House: Fadnavis

    "We are going to submit a letter to the Governor asking him to suspend the proceedings of the House, and that the House should follow the Constitution," Fadnavis told reporters.

    14:45 (IST)30 Nov 2019
    Floor test not as per Constitution rules, says Fadnavis

    "The combine does not trust their MLAs and they have flouted the Supreme Court's orders. The floor test was not conducted as per the provisions of the constitution and that is why we have boycotted the procedure," Fadnavis said.

    14:42 (IST)30 Nov 2019
    Fadnavis addresses media outside Maharashtra Assembly

    Addressing the media outside the Maharashtra Assembly, former chief minister Devendra Fadnavis said, "The session is unconstitutional. We were informed that the last session was over. A summon had to be issued for the new session and it was not, so it is unconstitutional. Rules are being flouted, the oath taken by ministers was unconstitutional. Some took Bal Thackeray's name, some took Sonia Gandhi's name while others took Sharad Pawar's name but this is invalid. So the session is invalid, including that of the chief minister. In the history of any state assembly, the pro-tem speaker was removed." 

    14:37 (IST)30 Nov 2019
    Maharashtra: BJP MLAs walkout amid trust vote proceedings

    BJP MLAs have staged a walkout amid the proceedings.

    14:33 (IST)30 Nov 2019
    Headcount after voice vote, says pro-tem Speaker Walse

    Amid protests, pro-tem Speaker Walse said, "As per the Supreme Court guidelines, the headcount will be held after the voice vote to ensure transparency."

    14:28 (IST)30 Nov 2019
    Pro-tem speaker Walse refers to SC order to respond to Fadnavis

    Responding to Fadnavis' allegations, pro-tem Speaker Walse said, "I am following the Supreme Court order. The apex court has asked to immediately conduct the floor test and the procedure is also laid down by the top court. That is why we are today openly conducting the floor test."

    14:24 (IST)30 Nov 2019
    Sena-Congress-NCP alliance fear secret ballot during floor test, says Fadnavis

    Speaking in the House, Fadnavis said, "Till the appointment of a Speaker, the floor test was never conducted. The alliance is scared that if a secret ballot is conducted, they will fail the floor test. This is completely irregular and they are flouting the law."

    14:13 (IST)30 Nov 2019
    Maharashtra assembly session as per rules: Pro-tem Speaker

    "Governor has given permission for this session. This session is as per rules. So your point stand rejected," pro-tem Speaker Dilip Walse-Patil told the House.

    14:12 (IST)30 Nov 2019
    Chaos at Maharashtra Assembly

    Chaos erupted at the Maharashtra Assembly after BJP MLAs claimed that the newly-formed Uddhav Thackeray-led government was not following rules ahead of the floor test.

    14:10 (IST)30 Nov 2019
    Maharashtra assembly session not per rules: Devendra Fadnavis

    "This assembly session is not per rules. This session started without Vande Mataram, it is a violation of the rule," Devendra Fadnavis said.

    14:06 (IST)30 Nov 2019
    Proceedings begin in Maharashtra Assembly

    The proceedings in the Maharashtra Assembly have begun.

    13:54 (IST)30 Nov 2019
    Shiv Sena-NCP-Cong formed govt in Maharashtra unethically: Ram Naik

    Former Uttar Pradesh Governor and senior BJP leader Ram Naik has termed the formation of government in Maharashtra by Shiv Sena, NCP and Congress as "unethical". He said although the mandate was in favour of the BJP-Shiv Sena's pre-poll alliance, parties that won less number of seats finally came to power. "As per the people's mandate, the BJP won maximum number of seats, followed by Shiv Sena. There was a pre-poll alliance of the two parties. So naturally, they should have formed the government," Naik told reporters. "But that did not not happen. Those who won less number of seats and those who were earlier saying that they will sit in the opposition, instead came together to form the government. What happened is unethical," he added.

    13:38 (IST)30 Nov 2019
    Maharashtra ministry swearing-in illegal, went beyond format: Patil

    BJP chief Chandrakant Patil said the swearing-in of the Uddhav Thackeray ministry is illegal as it went beyond prescribed format. NCP spokesperson Nawab Malik rubbished Patil's claims saying many BJP MPs had done the same thing. "If Patil's yardstick is used, half the Lok Sabha will be empty," he added. "People had voted for BJP-Shiv Sena alliance which got 161 MLAs, but Shiv Sena betrayed the mandate. Since the first press conference they had started talking about alternatives," Patil said.

    13:24 (IST)30 Nov 2019
    BJP to meet Governor over appointment of Walse as pro-tem Speaker

    The BJP has decided to meet Governor Bhagat Singh Koshiyari to protest against the Maha Vikas Aghadi's decision to replace pro-tem speaker Kalidas Kolambkar with Dilip Walse Patil.

    13:22 (IST)30 Nov 2019
    Congress asks MLAs to attend floor test

    The Congress also issued a three-line whip to its MLAs, directing them to be present for the floor test.

    13:07 (IST)30 Nov 2019
    NCP yet to decide name for deputy CM's post, says Jayant Patil

    The NCP is yet to decide who from the party will be the deputy chief minister of Maharashtra, its state unit president Jayant Patil said. "The deputy chief minister will be from the NCP. But Pawar Saheb will decide who will hold that post. That decision is yet to be taken. Why are you in a hurry?" Patil told reporters. Senior NCP leader Ajit Pawar seconded Patil. "I will take whatever responsibility the party will give to me," Ajit said when asked if he would like to be the next deputy chief minister. Meanwhile, party sources said the deputy chief minister's post could go to Ajit Pawar.

    13:03 (IST)30 Nov 2019
    Shiv Sena asks MLAs to vote in favour of confidence motion

    Shiv Sena's chief whip Sunil Prabhu today issued a whip to party legislators, asking them to be present in the House vote in favour of the confidence motion.

    13:02 (IST)30 Nov 2019
    Uddhav Thackeray pays tribute to Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj outside Assembly

    Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray also paid tributes to Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj in the state Assembly.

    12:43 (IST)30 Nov 2019
    Supriya Sule arrives at Maharashtra Assembly ahead of floor test

    NCP leader Supriya Sule arrives at the Assembly ahead of the trust vote.

    12:35 (IST)30 Nov 2019
    Devendra Fadnavis arrives at Maharashtra Assembly ahead of floor test

    Former Maharashtra chief minister Devendra Fadnavis arrives at state Assembly ahead of the floor test.

    12:28 (IST)30 Nov 2019
    Maharashtra deputy CM will be from NCP, says Praful Patel

    "The deputy CM's post is with the  NCP and we will fill up the post after the Nagpur Assembly session which will end on around December 22," party leader Praful Patel told ANI.

    12:23 (IST)30 Nov 2019
    Congress' Nana Patole files nomination for Speaker's post

    Congress' Nana Patole, who is the Maha Vikas Aghadi candidate for the state Assembly Speaker's post, filed his nomination in Mumbai.

    12:16 (IST)30 Nov 2019
    Uddhav Thackeray may stay on at Matoshree

    Uddhav Thackeray has indicated he may use the chief minister’s official residence Varsha in Malabar Hill as a camp office, but is likely continue to stay at his residence Matoshree in Bandra (East). “I don’t need to say more about (the importance to me of) my Matoshree. But after taking a responsibility, I will do whatever is required to fulfil it, including meeting people and other things. So, whenever I am required to go (to Varsha), I will go,” said Uddhav, when asked by mediapersons whether he would move into Varsha. If Uddhav does not move to Varsha, he would be the first CM to do so. “I feel that I am the first CM who has been born in Mumbai. While I will work for Maharashtra, I am thinking of many things for Mumbai. I also have many plans for farmers,” he added.

    11:26 (IST)30 Nov 2019
    No one yet who can defeat us, says Sanjay Raut

    Taking to Twitter, Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Raut claimed the support of more than 170 MLAs. “Majority day. 170 . There is no one yet who can defeat us," he tweeted.

    10:52 (IST)30 Nov 2019
    Maharashtra: Uddhav govt flouting rules, says Chandrakant Patil

    "They changed the Protem speaker from Kalidas Kolambkar to Dilip Walse Patil. This is legally wrong, the oath was also not taken as per rules. The new government is violating all the rules. We are filing a petition with the Governor and might also approach Supreme Court," Chandrakant Patil told reporters.

    10:50 (IST)30 Nov 2019
    Maharashtra: BJP names Kisan Kathore as candidate for Speaker's election

    BJP state chief Chandrakant Patil, on the other hand, recommended Kisan Kathore as the party candidate for the Speaker's elections.

    10:48 (IST)30 Nov 2019
    Congress names Nana Patole as Maharashtra Speaker's post

    Addressing the media, Congress state unit head Balasaheb Thorat said: "Nana Patole will be the Congress candidate for the Speaker's elections." 

    10:47 (IST)30 Nov 2019
    Ahead of trust vote, NCP MLAs arrive at Maharashtra Assembly

    Senior NCP leaders Jayant Patil, Ajit Pawar and Praful Patel arrive at the Assembly ahead of the confidence vote.

    10:44 (IST)30 Nov 2019
    Shiv Sena leader urges Uddhav to seek election from Yavatmal

    A Shiv Sena leader has urged Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray to seek election as a member of the Assembly from the drought-prone Digras constituency in Vidarbha’s Yavatmal district. At present, Uddhav is not a member of the Legislative Assembly or Council. He needs to get elected to either House within six months after taking oath as CM. Sanjay Rathod, former minister and Sena legislator from Digras in Yavatmal, raised the issue during a meeting at Mantralaya. “I have suggested to Uddhavji that he should contest from Digras. Also, the Legislative Council seat from local bodies in Yavatmal has fallen vacant. He can also opt for that,” he said.

    10:29 (IST)30 Nov 2019
    Maharashtra Assembly to witness first live telecast of trust vote

    NCP MLA and senior leader Dilip Walse-Patil, who has been appointed as the pro-tem speaker, said the vote of confidence will be conducted at 2 pm today. The session will be telecast live for the first time in the history of the state legislature. "We will hold the vote of confidence in the new government at 2 pm. It will recorded and telecast live as the per the Supreme Court order," Walse Patil told The Indian Express

    10:23 (IST)30 Nov 2019
    Ajit Pawar meets BJP MP Prataprao Chikhalikar

    On BJP MP Prataprao Chikhalikar meeting him today morning, NCP leader Ajit Pawar said, "It was just a courtesy meet. Even if we are from different parties, we all have relations with each other. There was no discussion on floor test. As Sanjay Raut said, our alliance will prove our numbers today in the house." 

    10:07 (IST)30 Nov 2019
    Deora nosedives in Ajit vs Supriya debate

    Former Mumbai Congress president Milind Deora on Friday nosedived in the raging debate over NCP president Sharad Pawar’s political heir. Following Pawar’s nephew Ajit’s unsuccessful coup, the debate on whether he or NCP chief’s daughter Supriya Sule — the Baramati MP — should carry his legacy forward has been rekindled. Responding to a tweet in this regard, Deora wrote, “@supriya_sule is the rightful heir to her father’s great legacy. She is effective because she believes that social work & policy change are the paths to political empowerment. I share these values & admire her for staying the course.”

    09:59 (IST)30 Nov 2019
    Uddhav Thackeray calls for special two-day session

    With consensus still eluding the parties, it was decided on Friday not to delay the floor test of the new government. Accordingly, Uddhav has convened a special two-day sitting of the state Legislature beginning Saturday. The government will move the confidence motion on Saturday, without waiting for the appointment of a full-time Speaker. The Speaker’s election is expected to take place on Sunday.

    maharashtra, maharashtra news, maharashtra latest news, maharashtra floor test, maharashtra floor test result, maharashtra floor test 2019, maharashtra floor test live news, maharashtra government news, maharashtra govt news, maharashtra latest news, maharashtra government formation, maharashtra govt formation latest news, maharashtra today news, maharashtra floor test vote, maharashtra live news Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray at the swearing-in in Mumbai on Thursday. (Express photo/Prashant Nadkar)

    Capping days of dramatic political developments and speculation, Shiv Sena president Uddhav Thackeray took oath as Chief Minister of Maharashtra on Thursday, almost a month after the Assembly election results were declared. Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari also administered the oath of office to Shiv Sena leaders Eknath Shinde and Subhash Desai, NCP leaders Jayant Patil and Chhagan Bhujbal, and Congress leaders Balasaheb Thorat and Nitin Raut.

    Thackeray (59), who will lead the Maha Vikas Aghadi — the Sena-NCP-Congress post-poll alliance — was sworn in at 6:42 pm, in front of a huge crowd at Shivaji Park, where the party was formed in 1966 and where its founder Bal Thackeray was cremated in 2012.

    Hours later, he chaired his first Cabinet meeting. While the alliance, in its Common Minimum Programme, said it would ensure “immediate” farm loan waiver, the Cabinet put off a decision for now. Instead, in a symbolic move, the first decision was to approve Rs 20 crore for conserving Raigad Fort, which was the capital of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj.

    On Friday, the Supreme Court dismissed a plea challenging the post-poll alliance of Shiv Sena, NCP and Congress to form government in Maharashtra. A bench of Justices N V Ramana, Ashok Bhushan and Sanjiv Khanna said constitutional morality is different from political morality. “In democracy, we can’t curtail rights of political parties to align with other parties,” the bench said.

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