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Uddhav easily wins floor test as BJP walks out; gets 169 votes
Maharashtra

Uddhav easily wins floor test as BJP walks out; gets 169 votes

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In the Maharashtra assembly where the opposition BJP led by former Chief Minister Fadnavis walked out of the house protesting against the manner in which proceedings were held in the state's assembly, Uddhav Thackeray government has easily won the floor test on Saturday. In the floor test conducted by the newly appointed Protem Speaker Dilip Walse-Patil , Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray got the support of 169 MLAs (the halfway mark in the assembly is 145).

Former CM and BJP leader Devendra Fadnavis, speaking to media outside the assembly after leading the walk-out, said constitutional norms and rules were violated on Saturday morning while conducting the floor test in the Maharashtra assembly.

The BJP's primary objections were that the Saturday morning session was not called as per procedure. BJP pointed out that the appointment of a new pro-tem speaker (NCP's Dilip Walse-Patil) was against rules. In another allegation BJP accused that the ministers of the Uddhav Thackeray had taken improper oaths and the floor test should have been conducted after the election of speaker.

Though Devendra Fadnavis raised these objections inside the assembly, pro-tem Speaker Dilip Walse-Patil dismissed the objections and went ahead with the floor test.

In protest, the BJP MLAs, led by Devendra Fadnavis walked out as pro-tem Speaker Dilip Walse-Patil first called for a voice vote and then undertook a headcount to determine if the Uddhav Thackeray government enjoyed majority.

In the end, Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray easily won the floor test, getting the support of 169 MLAs (the halfway mark in the assembly is 145).

Meanwhile, the election for the speaker's post will be held on Sunday.