MUMBAI — The Uddhav Thackeray-led Maha Vikas Aghadi government of the Shiv Sena-NCP-Congress alliance passed the floor test in the Maharashtra Assembly on Saturday. The BJP, which has 105 MLAs, staged a walkout before head count of members began in the 288-member House.
The BJP is protesting against the selection of Nationalist Congress Party’s Dilip Walse Patil as temporary speaker.
The NCP’s chief spokesperson Nawab Malik said Walse Patil was appointed as pro-tem Speaker with Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari’s consent. The session too was convened after Koshyari’s approval, he said.
169 MLAs vote in favour of the motion of confidence, moved by former CM Ashok Chavan and seconded by senior NCP and Sena members. Mr Uddhav Thackeray did not vote as he is not an MLA.
Uddhav Thackeray, wearing a saffron turban, thanked the House members and people of Maharashtra after the pro tem speaker declared that his government had won the floor test.
“I thank all the members for trusting me. I also thank the people of the state. It is not possible to work without their blessings,” he said.
“There was some pressure before coming to the House as I did not have the experience of working in the House but only on the ground. I feel fortunate to be here,” he said, reports PTI.
As BJP MLAs walked out of the house, Congress leader and former chief minister Ashok Chavan said Fadnavis should have welcomed his successor Uddhav Thackeray with open heart.
“But instead he raised minor technical issues. This was not right,” Chavan said.
(With PTI inputs)