Mumbai: It was pretty easy to win in floor test for Uddhav Thackeray government after the Opposition Bharatiya Janata Party walked out of the house protesting against the manner in which proceedings were held in the state’s assembly.
Former CM and BJP leader Devendra Fadnavis, while leading the walk-out while speaking to the media outside the assembly, said that constitutional norms and rules were violated on Saturday morning while conducting a floor test in Maharashtra Legislative Assembly.
BJP’s primary objections were that the session on Saturday morning was not called as per the procedure, the appointment of a new supporter of the temple president (Dilip Valse-Patil of NCP) was against the rules, that Uddhav Thackeray’s minister took an inappropriate oath The and the floor test should have been conducted after the speaker’s election.
These objections were also made by Devendra Fadnavis within the assembly. However, Pro-Temple speaker Dilip Valse-Patil overruled the objections and went ahead with the floor test.
In the end, Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray easily won the floor test, with the support of 169 MLAs (half of the mark in the Assembly is 145).
Meanwhile, the election for the post of president will be held on Sunday.
The Shiv Sena, NCP, and Congress formed the government when the Thackeray-led party pulled out after sharing the chief minister’s post with its ex-party ally BJP.
The BJP emerged as the single largest party winning 105 seats. In the October 21 election, Shiv Sena, NCP, and Congress won 56, 54 and 44 seats respectively.
Thackeray was sworn-in as the chief minister on Thursday evening and hours later, presided over his government’s first cabinet meeting.