Mumbai: Shiv Sena on Thursday hit out at Bharatiya Janata Party, a day after the 13-day-old government of Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis won a confidence vote in the Maharashtra Assembly.
Shiv Sena, in its mouthpiece 'Saamana', accused the Maharashtra government of violating constitutional provisions by proving its majority amid high chaos and strangulating age-old traditions of the state.
The Sena also termed the BJP's claim of running a clean government as "false".
"The BJP had promised clean governance when they came to power. Forgetting all their promises made to the people, they (the BJP) have violated the constitutional provisions while seeking a trust vote. This has proved that all the claims of running a clean government were false," Sena said in the editorial.
It added that by violating the norms of the House and ignoring the traditions, they have "cheated" the people of the state, for which they will not be forgiven.
"Will people henceforth trust a party that has violated all the norms and strangulated the age-old traditions of the state only to win a trust vote? You have broken the trust of people who gave you the largest mandate for which you will never be forgiven," it said.
"If you were so confident of getting the majority, you could have ceded to the opposition parties demand of division of votes. You have to answer the people for running the government without winning the trust vote," it said.
The Sena said that though the BJP has succeeded in winning the motion amid the chaos prevalent inside the house, but the opposition parties will not accept this majority, unless proven constitutionally on the floor of the house.
As soon as Speaker Haribhau Bagde declared the one-line motion by BJP's Ashish Shelar seeking confidence as passed on the floor of the house, utter chaos broke out inside and outside the Assembly.
The Speaker suspended five Congress MLAs for two years, after accusing them of pushing and injuring Governor Rao.
Congress called the Speaker's ruling "a murder of democracy", while Sena termed the day as a "black day" for Maharashtra.
The BJP has 121 MLAs and has the support of an ally and nine independents as well as some smaller parties besides the 'unconditional external support' of the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) with 41 MLAs.
A Sena senior accused Fadnavis of manipulating the trust vote.
Defending his ruling, Speaker Bagde said the demand for a vote came after the voice vote was passed.
(With Agency inputs)