Maharashtra Assembly trust vote: As it happened
Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis on Wednesday won the vote of confidence in the state Legislative Assembly by a voice vote.
10:10 pm: Congress and Shiv Sena did not ask for a poll (division of votes) at the appropriate time. Since Congress has always been in power it has forgotten the rules about when to ask for division of votes. We will win (the no confidence motion if it is brought) as we have majority. We have well wishers but their number cannot be told," Fadnavis tells reporters.
7:25 pm: Speaker doesn't have the right to take action on anything that takes place outside the Assembly, says Rashid Alvi.
7:11 pm: Maharashtra government has not proven it's majority, it is illegal and has no right to be in power. We stooped the Governor to apprise him of this, adds Sattar.
7:10 pm: We are being targeted, our voices are being suppressed, says Abdul Sattar, suspended Congress MLA.
6:30 pm: Maharashtra Speaker suspends five Congress MLAs for two years for holding protest and blocking Governor's car outside the Assembly earlier today. The suspended MLAs are - Rahul Bondre, Abdul Sattar, Virendra Jagtap, Jay Kumar Gore and Amar Kale.
4:22 pm: "The state is facing a number of challenges starting from revenue deficit to developmental issues like adequate and continuous supply of power, completion of important ongoing projects, basic infrastructure and providing a transparent and effective administration," he adds.
4:20 pm: Present mandate clearly indicated that people want a change for speedy development of the state and hence, awareness among voters has resulted in an increase in percentage of voting, says Governor.
4:15 pm: Maharashtra Governor C Vidyasagar Rao addresses the Assembly amid slogan shouting by Congress MLAs.
4:05 pm: Shiv Sena, Congress MLAs stop Maharashtra Governor Chennamaneni Vidyasagar Rao's car from entering Vidhan Bhavan to address a joint House.
3:50 pm: Congress MLAs stage dharna against the BJP government outside the Maharashtra Assembly. Prithviraj Chavan is leading the protest.
3:45 pm: Maharashtra Assembly's newly-elected Speaker Haribhau Bagde rubbished charges of bias by Shiv Sena and Congress, says he acted as per rule. A news channel quoted Bagde as saying that Prithviraj Chavan is calling this government as illegitimate because Congress didn't get the post of Leader of Opposition.
1:50 pm: Shiv Sena attacks BJP after trust vote, says the party betrayed the mandate.
1:23 pm: Former chief minister Prithviraj Chavan demands another confidence vote in Maharashtra, says the BJP government should prove its majority.
1:19 pm: We will not allow the Maharashtra Assembly to function if our demand for a new confidence vote isn't met, vows Thakre.
1:18 pm: Our MLAs will go to Maharashtra Governor Chennamaneni Vidyasagar Rao and will appeal against this government, adds Thakre.
1:17 pm: Talking to reporters, Thakre says the Opposition wanted a vote but it was rejected.
1:16 pm: The BJP government should resign. It has no majority to form the government, says Maharashtra Pradesh Congress Committee president Manikrao Thakre.
12:50 pm: Shiv Sena's Eknath Shinde is Leader of Opposition in the Maharashtra Assembly.
12:45 pm: Shiv Sena and Congress voted against the BJP government, while NCP legislators, though present in the House, abstained from voting.
12:44 pm: As the motion seeking vote of confidence in the BJP government moved by MLA Ashish Shelar was passed in the House where the ruling party is in minority, Shiv Sena MLAs storm the Well seeking division of votes.
12:43 pm: The BJP wins trust vote in the Maharashtra Assembly by voice vote. Reports said newly-elected speaker Haribhau Bagde would not seek division of votes.
11:14 am: Lone MNS candidate from Pune to back BJP in trust vote.
11:12 am: BJP legislator Haribhau Bagde has been elected unopposed as Speaker of Maharashtra Assembly.
11:10 am: Shiv Sena leaders Ramdas Kadam and Diwakar Raote meet CM Devendra Fadnavis, minutes before BJP's show of strength on the floor of the House
10:41 am: If Shiv Sena votes against NDA, it won't be good for Maharashtra: BJP's Subramanian Swamy
10:27 am: Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis arrives at Maharashtra Vidhan Bhavan.
10:18 am: NCP general secretary and spokesperson DP Tripathi says his party wanted to ensure a stable BJP government in Maharashtra.
10:10 am: Issues can be resolved later but Shiv Sena should respect the people's mandate and back BJP in trust vote, says Maharashtra Education Minister Vinod Tawde.
10:07 am: NCP has decided to vote in favour of the BJP government in Maharashtra Assembly.
10:05 am: Uddhav Thackeray has decided to support BJP's Haribhau Bagde, and has withdrawn Shiv Sena's speaker candidate Vijay Auti: Ramdas Kadam
10:00 am: Shiv Sena, Congress withdraw candidates for Maharashtra Speaker's post. BJP's candidate Haribhau Bagde will be elected as Speaker in Maharashtra assembly unanimously.
9:53 am: Shiv Sena's decision is their own. We have the numbers and will win the trust vote, announces Maharashtra Minorities Development Minister Eknath Khadse.
9:48 am: BJP spokesperson GVL Narasimha Rao says Devendra Fadnavis government in Maharashtra will prove its majority on floor. We welcome anyone who will help us in development of the state, says Rao, adding the BJP will not take anyone's support with a condition.
9:42 am: Commenting on Shiv Sena's decision, Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) leader Majeed Memon said Uddhav Thackeray-led party was indecisive when NCP took a firm stand.
9:40 am: Shiv Sena's decision to vote against the BJP is neither in its own interest nor of Maharashtra: BJP minister Sudhir Mungantiwar
9:32 am: BJP is just a power hungry party. It does not matter how it achieves that power, says Congress leader Rashid Alvi.
9:10 am: Shiv Sena's Anil Desai went till Delhi airport for Cabinet expansion but was called back to Mumbai by party chief Uddhav Thackeray. Till the time a decision is not taken in Maharashtra, no one from Shiv Sena will go to Delhi, announces Kadam.
9:05 am: Shiv Sena is ready to sit in Opposition in the Maharashtra Assembly, adds Kadam.
9:03 am: Shiv Sena leader Ramdas Kadam addresses media, says his party will vote against Devendra Fadnavis government when it seeks a trust vote in the Maharashtra Assembly.
8:40 am: The legislators of Bharatiya Janata Party, Shiv Sena, and Congress have convened a meeting within their circles to decide on the floor test and the Speaker's post.
- Shiv Sena, in its fresh editorial published in Saamana, hit out at the NCP, saying the BJP cannot win the trust vote with the help of a `mouse`. The BJP will disrespect mandate if they take NCP's support, added the editorial.
- Shiv Sena has issued a whip to its 63 legislators, ordering them to be present in the House when Fadnavis seeks a trust vote.
- Shiv Sena will take a decision whether to abstain, vote for or against the government by 9 am.
- The Speaker' election is considered the first big legislative test for the BJP minority government coming just before the vote of confidence in the Assembly this afternoon.
- Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis had yesterday called upon all parties to ensure a "unanimous election" to the august post without a contest. He said he would discuss the issue with the leaders of of the Shiv Sena and Congress to forge a consensus.
- The Congress had indicated that it would support the candidate of Nationalist Congress Party but since the latter did not field a candidate, the Congress decided to put up its own candidate.
- Bharatiya Janata Party's legislator from Phulambri (Aurangabad) Haribhau K Bagde on Tuesday filed his nomination for the post, besides Shiv Sena's Vijay Auti, the member from Parner (Ahmednagar) and Congress' former minister, Varsha Gaekwad from Dharavi (Mumbai).
- The Bharatiya Janata Party has an effective strength of 121 members in the 288-member house after one legislator died recently, and the support of one member of pre-poll ally Rashtriya Samaj Paksha.
- The stage is set for Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis to seek a vote of confidence in his minority government on Wednesday.