285 members take oath at Maharashtra Assembly’s special session

Presiding officers Babanrao Pachpute and Radhakrishna Vikhe Patil were the first to take oath followed by caretaker Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis.

Published - November 27, 2019 04:43 pm IST - Mumbai

NCP leaders pose for a photo at Vidhan Bhavan during the Maharashtra Legislative Assembly, in Mumbai on November 27, 2019.

NCP leaders pose for a photo at Vidhan Bhavan during the Maharashtra Legislative Assembly, in Mumbai on November 27, 2019.

A special session of the 14th Maharashtra Legislative Assembly was held in Mumbai on November 27 where oath was administered to 285 newly-elected members.

In the 288-member House, two members — Sudhir Mungantiwar (BJP) and Devendra Bhuyar (Swabhimani Paksh) — did not take oath on November 27, a Vidhan Bhavan official said.

Pro tem Speaker Kalidas Kolambkar took oath on November 26 after being appointed to the post by Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari.

Two members — Mahesh Baldi (Independent), Mohammed Ismail (AIMIM) — were administered oath in the Speaker’s chamber on November 27 as they arrived after the House was adjourned, Legislature Secretary Rajendra Bhagwat told PTI .

Mr. Ismail arrived late as he got stuck in traffic, while Mr. Baldi, the MLA from Uran in neighbouring Raigad district, was held up as the ferry boat which he boarded to reach Mumbai from Alibaug, broke down, he said.

Mr. Bhagwat said a decision on the date for Speaker’s election will be taken after the Cabinet meeting, following the swearing in of Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray as Chief Minister on November 28.

However, sources in the Congress said the election for the Speaker’s post will be held on November 30.

Earlier in the morning, NCP MP Supriya Sule greeted party MLAs Ajit Pawar and Rohit Pawar at Vidhan Bhawan entrance before the commencement of the session.

“This day comes with a big responsibility,” she told reporters.

In the House, Mr. Kolambar announced Babanrao Pachpute, Vijaykumar Gavit and Radhakrishna Vikhe Patil as the presiding officers for administering oath of the members.

Names of members were called out on the basis of seniority.

Presiding officers Mr. Pachpute and Mr. Gavit were the first to take oath followed by caretaker Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis.

NCP’s Ajit Pawar and Chhagan Bhujbal, Congress leaders and former Chief Ministers Ashok Chavan, Prithviraj Chavan, and former speakers Dilip Walse Patil (NCP) and Haribhau Bagade (BJP) were among the members who took oath early.

Mr. Ajit Pawar was greeted with thumping of desks from NCP members when he went to the podium to take oath.

Newly-elected Shiv Sena leader Aaditya Thackeray, who made his electoral debut by winning from Worli seat in Mumbai, was congratulated by members cutting across party lines.

The 29-year-old son of Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray went up to all senior members to greet them.

Dhiraj Deshmukh (Congress) and Rohit Pawar (NCP) were also among the newcomers who took oath.

The newly-elected members could not take oath earlier even one month after the results of the Assembly polls were announced due to dramatic political developments in the State.

The State remained under President’s rule for 13 days between November 12 and 23 after no political party was able to form a government.

The Supreme Court on November 26 asked Mr. Koshyari to appoint a Pro Tem Speaker and ensure all elected members of the House are sworn in on November 27 itself by 5 p.m.

The BJP-led government, which was formed with the support of NCP leader Ajit Pawar on November 23, collapsed on November 26 afternoon, after Mr. Ajit Pawar stepped down as Deputy Chief Minister and Mr. Devendra Fadnavis as Chief Minister.

The ‘Maha Vikas Aghadi’ comprising the Shiv Sena, the NCP and the Congress, on November 25 submitted a letter claiming support of 162 MLAs to the Governor.

The NCP has announced that Mr. Uddhav Thackeray would be the next Chief Minister of Maharashtra.

He will be sworn in CM on November 28 evening at Shivaji Park in Dadar, the place where his party holds the traditional Dussehra rally each year.

Mr. Thackeray is currently not a member of any House in the State legislature.

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