Uddhav wins trust vote, deadlock over deputy CM
THE Uddhav Thackeray government in Maharashtra won the trust vote on Saturday securing 169 votes, well above the half-way mark of 145. The BJP boycotted the proceedings protesting the manner in which the session was called and the change in protem speaker, while members of MNS, MIM and CPM remained neutral.
Meanwhile, the NCP is yet to name the deputy chief minister with sources saying the Ajit Pawar lobby is putting pressure on the party to give him the post.
While it was reported on Friday that the NCP opted for the Speakers’ post instead of the deputy CM’s, the equation changed again on Saturday. The Congress’ Nana Patole and BJP’s Kisan Kathore are likely to contest for the post of Speaker on Sunday.
Raising the point of procedure, former CM Devendra Fadnavis said, “This session is not according to the provisions of the Constitution,” adding the previous session, called on November 27, ended with national anthem. However, Pro-tem Speaker Dilip Walse-Patil said the governor can convene session within seven days of the end of a session and it is counted as the continuation of the session.
“IF this is not a new session, why was the pro-tem speaker is changed?” Fadnavis asked. BJP’s Kalidas Kolambkar was appointed pro-tem speaker on November 26. However, after forming the government, the Uddhav Cabinet replaced him with NCP’s Patil.
Fadnavis also noted the oath taken by the CM and his Cabinet was not according to the provisions of the Constitution. “They did not take oath immediately after the governor started it. They kept taking names of leaders in between. Someone took Balasaheb Thackeray’s name, someone took names of (Congress chief) Sonia Gandhi and NCP president Sharad Pawar. The oath has to be taken as mentioned in the pro forma,” Fadnavis said.
However, the pro-tem speaker ruled out this objection saying it won’t be right to discuss things that haven’t happened in the
House. “This has to do with the Raj Bhavan. So, I wouldn’t be in a position to do anything,” Patil said and called for CM to introduce his ministers to the House. This enraged the BJP members and they took it to the well of the house, shouting slogans. Amid the ruckus, the ministers were introduced to the House.
The pro-tem speaker, then, called in for the trust motion.
Former CM and senior Congress leader Ashok Chavan moved the motion expressing trust in the government under Uddhav. NCP’s Nawab Malik and Shiv Sena’s Sunil Prabhu seconded the motion.
While the opposition continued to raise slogans, the protem speaker requested all members to be seated for a head count.
Congress leader and in-charge for Maharashtra Mallikarjun Kharge, party’s state unit president Balasaheb Thorat with other MLAs in Mumbai |