Maharashtra Floor Test: What was the fear this time?, asks Devendra Fadnavis
BJP MLA and former Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis on Saturday said that Never in the history of Maharashtra Assembly a trust vote was conducted without electing a Speaker. What was the fear this time?
Alleging that the special session was not convened as per rules, the BJP MLA said, "The assembly session is not per rules. This session started without Vande Mataram, which is a violation of the rule."
'You are raising an issue which is of out of the house (oath-taking of Maha Vikas Aghadi Govt)', If I am not allowed to speak on the Constitution then I have no right to sit in this house," Fadnavis said after Protem Speaker told him.
Floor test of Uddhav Thackeray Govt is underway in Maharashtra assembly.
The floor test proceeding is being conducted by pro tem Speaker Dilip Walse Patil, who had replaced BJP's Kalidas Kolambkar on Friday for the two-day special Assembly session.
Earlier in the day, Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut expressed confidence in the alliance winning the floor test. Taking to Twitter, he claimed that the Maha Vikash Agadhi had the support of over 170 MLAs.
"Today is the day to prove majority... 170 +++++...," he tweeted.
Leaders of the Shiv Sena, Congress and NCP will meet at the Assembly to discuss floor test and Speaker's election at 9.30 am.
On Sunday, a permanent Speaker will be elected and the name of the Leader of Opposition (LoP) will be also announced.
As per the assembly results, the Shiv Sena has 56 MLAs, NCP has 54 and Congress has 44 in the 288-member state assembly.
The pro tem speaker has a casting vote in case of a tie.