BJP Wins Confidence Vote in Maharashtra Assembly
A major hurdle was crossed by the first Bharatiya Jananta Party led minority government on Wednesday as chief minister Devendra Fadnavis won the confidence motion in a stormy session on the floor of the Maharashtra State Assembly by virtue of a voice vote. The BJP Government’s first day at the Assembly began on a stormy note with the controversial voice vote as well as the way it handled the election of the Speaker. Soon, after the newly elected Speaker Haribhau Bagde declared that the trust motion has been passed following a voice note, Congress and the Shiv Sena members accused the Speaker of violation of the rules by not commending the motion to vote.
The NCP and the Congress did not participate in the voice vote. There were chaotic scenes inside the Maharashtra Assembly and the result of all the commotion was that the Governor Ch. Vidyasagar Rao had to suffer minor injuries and five Congress MLAs get suspended for two years for assaulting the Governor. There are reports from official sources that Governor Mr. Rao sustained minor scratches on his left hand when some of the legislators tried to grab his hand in order to seek his attention when he alighted from his vehicle.
The Congress and the Shiv Sena members continued their protests even when the governor addressed the joint session of the council and the Assembly. They said that the continuation of the BJP led minority government should not be allowed because it did not get the trust of the House. Shiv Sena said that the Speaker did not recognize the Leader of Opposition Eknath Shine and went straight to the trust vote. The Speaker in reply told presspersons that Mr. Shinde was not in office when the agenda was made and hence he had to take a call to pass the trust motion to vote first. He also said that it is foolish to talk about a Leader of Opposition without a Government.
The Opposition Leader Mr. Shinde said that the house must be run in accordance with the law and the new Government has strangled democracy. The Congress also let its voice out by saying that the BJP has made a murder of the democracy. The BJP has 121 MLAs apart from the support of an ally and nine independent parties. The Nationalist Congress Party with 41 MLAs have also offered unconditional external support to the minority government. But, this voting controversy should not have been the start that BJP needed in Maharashtra.