Maharashtra live: Uddhav govt passes floor test; BJP to ask Governor to suspend proceedings of House

Newly sworn-in Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray-led Maha Vikas Aghadi (MAV) government of the Shiv Sena-NCP-Congress alliance is all set to face a floor test in the Assembly on Saturday at 2 pm.


MUMBAI: The Uddhav Thackeray-led 'Maha Vikas Aghadi' government (Shiv Sena-NCP-Congress alliance) won the floor test in Maharashtra Assembly on Saturday. As many as 169 MLAs of Maha Vikas Agadi alliance voted in favour of the Motion of Confidence, while zero against, four abstained and 105 BJP MLAs walked out during voting.

The floor test began amid huge uproar as the BJP, led by its leader Devendra Fadnavis, protested against the election of NCP Dilip Walse Patil as the pro-tem Speaker. Patil had replaced BJP's Kalidas Kolambkar as pro-tem Speaker. Fadnavis said that they will submit a letter to Governor Bhagat Singh Koshiyari asking him to suspend the proceedings of the House. Pro-tem Speaker Dilip Walse Patil, however, rejected Fadnavis' claim of an 'illegal session', saying it's being held as per Governor's directions. 

Following weeks of a tussle over government formation in the state, a special two-day Assembly session of Maharashtra begun on Saturday. On Sunday, the Assembly Speaker's election will be held, followed by tabling of motion of thanks on the governor's address in the House.

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30 November 2019
18:53 PM

Former Maharashtra chief minister Devendra Fadnavis alleges that today's session of the state Assembly was called in an illegal and unconstitutional way.


17:11 PM

Oath taking ceremony was conducted, Vidhan Sabha session held and Pro-tem Speaker appointed with the consent of the Governor and floor test held as per orders of SC. BJP is only trying to save face: NCP leader Nawab Malik on opposition walkout. 

17:09 PM

The NCP accuses the BJP of running away from the House after the opposition party staged a walkout before the Uddhav Thackeray-led Maha Vikas Aghadi government faced a floor test.

15:35 PM

Yes, I took oath in name of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj and also in name of my parents. If this is an offence, then I will do it again: Maharashtra CM Uddhav Thackeray after winning the trust vote in the assembly.

15:01 PM

4 MLAs abstained from voting in the Vidhan Sabha in the favour of coalition government between Shiv Sena, Congress and NCP.

14:52 PM

Uddhav Thackeray passes the required number to prove majority in the Vidhan Sabha.

14:51 PM

A headcount of over 150 MLAs has been done till now. Uddhav Thackeray has proven majority in the House.

14:49 PM

BJP leader Devendra Fadnavis says, "We are going to submit a letter to the Governor asking him to suspend the proceedings of the House, and that the House should follow the Constitution."

14:47 PM

BJP raises four points after staging walkout

-Why was the protem speaker changed?

-Why national song was not played before the Assembly began?

-BJP was informed at 1 am about the trust vote, hence not all BJP MLAs could be present.

-The oath was taken by ministers in an unconstitutional manner. 

14:45 PM

Floor test is underway in Vidhan Sabha where Uddhav Thackeray will prove the majority.

14:44 PM

Fun is being made of the Constitution in the Vidhan Sabha, says Devendra Fadnavis.

14:41 PM

Norms are being flouted to conduct floor test: Fadnavis addresses media outside the assembly after the walkout.

14:40 PM

Speaker orders to close all doors of the Assembly, says vote will be taken openly as per SC order.

14:39 PM

Opposition MLAs stage walkout of Maharashtra Assembly in protest, ahead of floor test even as Pro-Tem Speaker orders for headcount.

14:37 PM

Just before the floor test began in the assembly, BJP MLAs led by Devendra Fadnavis stage walkout.

14:32 PM

Congress leader Ashok Chavan proposes confidence motion in the assembly. It was seconded by NCP's Nawab Malik.

14:30 PM

Pro-Tem Speaker dismisses BJP charges, says floor test will take place.

14:25 PM

"Never in the history of Maharashtra Assembly a trust vote was conducted without electing a Speaker. What was the fear this time,? asks Devendra Fadnavis in the assembly.

14:25 PM

Former chief minister Devendra Fadnavis says not all BJP MLAs are present in the House as they were informed after midnight about the trust vote. This is against the rules.

14:23 PM

Pro-Tem Speaker stands in the assembly, says now that I have stood up everyone should sit down and maintain decorum.

14:17 PM

BJP leader Devendra Fadnavis in the assembly after Pro-Tem Speaker told him 'You are raising an issue which is of out of the house (oath-taking of Maha Vikas Aghadi Govt)' says, "If I am not allowed to speak on the Constitution then I have no right to sit in this house."

14:14 PM

Maharashtra assembly session has been convened against the rules, says Devendra Fadnavis.


14:12 PM

Refuting Devendra Fadnavis' claim, Pro-Tem Speaker Dilip Patil says, "Governor has given the permission for this session. This session is as per rules. So your point stand rejected."

14:09 PM

BJP leader Devendra Fadnavis says in state assembly: This assembly session is not per rules. This session started without Vande Mataram, it is a violation of the rules.

14:08 PM

Upon reaching the House, CM Uddhav Thackeray met the Opposition bench members and shakes hands with them.

14:07 PM

Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge is sitting in the Gallery to watch floor test in Maharashtra Vidhan Sabha.

14:04 PM

The floor test is happening against the laws of Vidhan Sabha, says Devendra Fadnavis.

14:03 PM

Maharashtra assembly session begins with uproar. BJP leader Devendra Fadnavis is addressing the session.

13:27 PM

Congress issues three line whip to its MLAs directing them to remain present in the Assembly ahead of floor test, today.

13:27 PM

Chief Minister of Maharashtra Uddhav Thackeray pays tribute to Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj in the state Assembly premises ahead of the floor test of #MahaVikasAghadi government today.

12:52 PM

Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) leader Supriya Sule arrives at Maharashtra Assembly ahead of floor test of 'Maha Vikas Aghadi' government today.

12:51 PM

Former Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis arrives at state Assembly ahead of floor test of 'Maha Vikas Aghadi' government today.

12:29 PM

Maharashtra CM Uddhav Thackeray arrives at Vidhan Bhawan. He garlands Chhatrapati Shivaji's statue after reaching to Vidhan Bhawan.

12:28 PM

Congress MLA Nana Patole who is the Maha Vikas Aghadi candidate for the state Assembly Speaker post files his nomination. 

12:27 PM

The NCP issues a whip ordering its legislators to vote in Uddhav Thackeray's support during the floor test today.

12:27 PM

Visuals: People cast their votes at a polling booth in Jharkhand's Chatra; voting underway

11:30 AM

Senior NCP leaders Jayant Patil, Ajit Pawar, and Praful Patel seen in assembly ahead of confidence vote later today.

11:27 AM

On Dilip Walse Patil replacing BJP leader Kalidas Kolambkar as the Pro-Tem speaker, BJP state chief Chandrakant Patil says, "They (MahaVikasAghadi) changed Protem speaker from Kalidas Kolambkar to Dilip Walse Patil, this is legally wrong, the oath was also not taken as per rules, the new Govt is violating all rules. We are filing a petition with Governor, and might also approach SC."

11:24 AM

Maharashtra Congress chief Balasaheb Thorat has declared party leader Nana Patole as the Congress candidate for Speaker elections.

Meanwhile, BJP's Chandrakant Patil said Kisan Kathore will be the party's candidate for Assembly Speaker's election.

11:21 AM

NCP leader Ajit Pawar met on Saturday BJP MP Prataprao Chikhalikar. Following his meeting, he said, "It was a courtesy meet."

"Even if we are from different parties, we all have relations with each other. There was no discussion on floor test. As Sanjay Raut said, our alliance will prove our numbers today in the house," Pawar said.

11:21 AM

Governor BS Koshyari has asked Uddhav Thackeray to prove his majority by December 3. The ruling alliance has claimed it has the majority with a total of 170 seats in a House of 288.

11:20 AM

CM Uddhav Thackeray's government has convened a two-day special session of Maharashtra Legislative Assembly starting on Saturday, where Maha Vikas Aghadi will face a floor test to prove their majority in the House.

11:19 AM

Uddhav Thackeray took oath as Chief Minister on Thursday evening, ending a month of political stalemate in Maharashtra.

Besides Thackeray, six other ministers — two each from the Sena, the Congress, and the NCP - also took the oath. Former chief minister Devendra Fadnavis will be declared the leader of Opposition in the Maharashtra Assembly.

11:19 AM

The Uddhav Thackeray-led Maha Vikas Aghadi (MAV) government of the Shiv Sena-NCP-Congress alliance will face a floor test in the Assembly on Saturday. NCP leader Dilip Walse Patil, whose name was recommended to the governor by Uddhav Thackeray, will be the pro-tem Speaker.

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