Maharashtra Assembly Floor Test: Uddhav Thackeray-Led Maha Vikas Aghadi Gets Majority In Assembly
Uddhav Thackeray-Led Maha Vikas Aghadi Wins Floor Test
The Uddhav Thackeray-led Maha Vikas Aghadi won the floor test in the Maharashtra Assembly. 169 members of the legislative assembly voted in favour, with none against while four abstained from voting.
BJP Stages Walkout, Leaves Assembly
Devendra Fadnavis led the BJP contingent in the Assembly to stage a walkout from the floor of the House. He addressed the media outside the house, and reiterated his charges that the change in the pro-tem speaker as well as the oath taken by the ministers on Thursday evening were unconstitutional.
Pro-Tem Speaker Orders Head Count
The Pro-Tem Speaker in the Maharashtra Assembly is carrying out a head count of members in the Vidhan Sabha, as part of the procedure mandated by the Supreme Court ruling on Tuesday.
Oath Taken By Ministers On Thursday Was Unconstitutional: Fadnvavis
Former Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis claimed that the manner in which ministers took oath on Thursday in Mumbai was not as per constitutional procedure, and hence void.
Pro-tem speaker Dilip Walse-Patil said this was not a matter for the chair to decide on, that it is better referred to the governor.
Fadnavis-Led BJP Objects To Change In Pro-Tem Speaker
At the start of proceedings in the Maharashtra Vidhan Sabha, BJP leader Devendra Fadnavis has objected to the move to change the Pro Tem Speaker for the day’s proceedings.
When the house convened, senior NCP leader Dilip Walse-Patil took the speaker’s chair, and said that the governor had appointed him as pro-tem speaker. Fadnavis pointed out that earlier in the week, the governor had appointed Kalidas Kolambkar as the pro-tem speaker, when MLAs took oath in the assembly. Walse-Patil said that was a one-day session which had concluded. Fadnavis countered with the precedent that a member appointed pro-tem speaker stays in place until the election of a full-time speaker.