Uddhav Thackeray-led Maha Vikas Aghadi government of the Shiv Sena-Nationalist Congress Party-Congress alliance passed the floor test in the Maharashtra Assembly emphatically . Proving the point that they had the numbers to form the government. BJP’s 170 number talk was only claimed.
Uddhav Thackeray, wearing a saffron turban, thanked House members and people of Maharashtra after the pro-tem speaker declared that his government had won the floor test.
“I thank all the members for trusting me. I also thank the people of the state. It is not possible to work without their blessings,” he said.
“There was some pressure before coming to the House as I did not have the experience of working in the House but only on the ground. I feel fortunate to be here,” he said.
This was 59-year-old Thackeray’s first time in the House. Behind him sat his son Aaditya, along with other Sena MLA, all wearing saffron turbans.
“You (the BJP) feel stung when we took names of Chhatrapati Shivaji (while taking oath). I will take the name again and again. Those who don’t take names of their parents, have no right to live,” he said.
“It is not Maharashtra’s culture when you think taking name of Chhatrapati Shivaji and parents is a crime,” he said.
Altogether 169 MLAs vote in favour of the motion of confidence, moved by former CM Ashok Chavan and seconded by senior NCP and Sena members.
The Bharatiya Janata Party, with 105 MLAs, staged a walkout before the headcount of members began in the 288-member House.
Pro-tem Speaker Dilip Walse Patil informed the House that four MLAs abstained during the vote.