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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
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 floor test: Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray with son and MLA Aaditya Thackeray at the swearing-in ceremony in Mumbai’s Shivaji Park on Thursday. (Express photo)

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.

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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