Maharashtra: The former Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis staged a walk out along with other BJP legislatures before the floor test. “Assembly starts with Vande Matram and ends with National anthem when it is called. This session started without Vande Mataram that is the reason it’s violating the rules”, he said.
Maharashtra Assembly session started without ‘Vande Mataram’, violates rule: Fadnavis
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Former Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis on Saturday raised questions over the oath-taking procedure followed during the swearing-in of Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray and other MLAs and also claimed that the special session convened to conduct the floor test was not as per the rules and regulations of the House.
The BJP MLAs, led by Devendra Fadnavis, subsequently staged a walkout from the Assembly amid uproar in the House. Meanwhile, inside the House, the floor test was carried out where the Maha Vikas Aghadi was able to register a comfortable win by getting 169 votes. Speaking soon after the commencement of the day’s session, Fadnavis said that the special session was in violation of the rules as it began without the ceremonial singing of ‘Vande Mataram’.
The BJP leader then questioned as to why the pro tem Speaker was changed before the floor test. He also questioned the need of a pro tem Speaker in place of the Speaker. “Never in the history of India has ever pro tem Speaker was changed. Why pro tem Speaker was changed? Never in the history of Maharashtra Assembly, trust vote was conducted without electing the Speaker. What was the fear this time?” he asked. Later, Congress leader Ashok Chavan proposed the floor test in the House.
Earlier, as soon as the House assembled, BJP members raised slogans of ‘Jai Shree Ram’ and ‘Har Har Mahadev’ in the house.