Mumbai, Nov 30
Uddhav Thackeray led Shiv Sena, NCP and Congress coalition government (Maharashtra Vikas Aghadi (MVA) won a trust vote and proved its majority in a two-day special assembly session held at Vidhan Bhawan in South Mumbai on Saturday.
The Protem Speaker Dilip Walse Patil tabled the motion of trust vote and called for head count at 02.36 PM as per the directions of the Supreme Court. In the head count, 169 members voted in favour of the motion, while 4 MLAs ( 2 MIM, 1 CPI and 1 MNS) remained neutral. None opposed the motion in 288 member assembly. The head count ended at 2.55 PM.
115 members including 105 BJP staged a walk out saying that the two day special session was unconstitutional since the session basically organised on 27 November, was concluded with recitation of national anthem and the new session could be convened only with Governor’s consent. Former CM Devendra Fadnavis through a point of order objected to the session saying that unless Speaker and leader of the Opposition were appointed no trust vote can be conducted.
The proceedings were conducted by Pro tem Speaker Dilip Walse Patil (NCP), since BJP’s Kalidas Kolambkar named by Maharashtra Governor as the temporary Speaker, was replaced with Patil by the MVA, the action which opposition BJP termed as illegal.
On Tuesday, it was the BJP-nominated Speaker Kalidas Kolambkar, who had administered the oath to all the MLAs during the swearing-in ceremony. BJP objected to his replacement with Dilip Walse Patil as a Pro tem speaker. The BJP claimed that Kolambkar was replaced since the ruling party was afraid of secret ballot. Usually the election of the Speaker is held by a secret ballot. However Pro tem Speaker Dilip Walse Patil told the assembly that the cabinet had powers to replace the pro tem Speaker.
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