Mumbai: Even as the Devendra Fadnavis government in Maharashtra won the confidence motion in the state Assembly on Wednesday, the Congress and Shiv Sena demanded a fresh trust vote on technical ground. While the government won the trust vote through a voice vote, the two opposition parties questioned the outcome saying since the government was not in majority, the confidence motion through a voice vote did not stand.
The Shiv Sena and Congress MLAs protested outside the Maharashtra Assembly against the way the confidence motion was won by the BJP. They demanded a division of vote but Speaker Haribhau Bagde paid no heed to the opposition parties' demand and declined it saying that the government had won the trust vote.
Soon after the trust vote, former Maharashtra chief minister Prithviraj Chavan said, "The government will have to show that they have the majority. They cannot run a minority government. We appeal that they should show the majority and only then can they run government. We're going to protest, appeal to the government to bring confidence motion again otherwise this is an illegitimate government."
Protesting against what they called is an "illegitimate" government, Shiv Sena and Congress MLAs heckled Maharashtra Governor C Vidyasagar Rao. On BJP's demand for action against these MLAs, five Congress legislators Abdul Sattar, Rahul Bondre, Virendra Jagtap, Jaikumar Gore and Amar Kale have been suspended for two years. A committee has also been set up which will give its report in the next session on the suspension.
Before the government went for the floor test, there was a lot of suspense over the decision of former BJP ally Shiv Sena. According to sources, Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray spoke to BJP chief Amit Shah. During the conversation, Shah urged Uddhav to support the BJP government in the floor test and assured that he would sort out the seat sharing formula after the floor test. But Uddhav insisted that the BJP will have to declare the proposal before the confidence motion.
Uddhav told Shah that his party was willing to be a part of the government provided they sort out the power sharing formula before the floor test.
Meanwhile, the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP), which had offered outside support in the Maharashtra Assembly, said they will work with the government for stability and development in the state. "We wanted a stable government. There is no demand for division of votes. The Speaker has already declared this," NCP leader Rahul Navrekar said.
The Speaker also announced the appointment of Shiv Sena's Eknath Shinde as Leader of Opposition in the House.