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Fadnavis wins trust vote; Sena opposes

Fadnavis wins trust vote; Sena opposes
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The BJP government on Wednesday won the trust vote on the basis of a voice vote. Shiv Sena, which voted against BJP, wanted a division of votes. When...

  • 13-day-old BJP govt wins vote amid ruckus
  • Voice vote: There was no counting of raised hands
  • Congress terms it as murder of democracy

Devendra FadnavisMumbai: On a day the Maharashtra Assembly went for vote of confidence of the 13-day old Devendra Fadnavis government, its one time ally, Shiv Sena slammed the BJP and warned that it would be disrespecting people’s mandate if it takes support of the NCP which “nibbled the state coffers like a mouse”.

The BJP government on Wednesday won the trust vote on the basis of a voice vote. Shiv Sena, which voted against BJP, wanted a division of votes. When their demand was rejected, the Sena MLAs protested loudly. There was no counting of raised hands. The division was never taken up, leading to demands that the confidence motion and voting on it be taken again. There was pandemonium in the Maharashtra Assembly after the BJP government won the trust vote.

The Congress and Shiv Sena cried foul over the newly-elected speaker's decision to reject the demand for balloting in the trust vote and instead to settle for a voice vote.

Shiv Sena MLA Ramdas Kadam said the BJP doesn’t have the numbers in the Assembly to win the trust vote while former Chief Minister and Congress leader Prithviraj Chavan said, “there is question over the legitimacy of the Fadnavis government”.

Earlier, senior BJP legislator Haribhau Bagde was elected unanimously as Speaker. As the legislators who supported the motion said their 'Ayes', Bagde declared the motion as passed.

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