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Fadnavis govt. has lost people's trust: Sena

Eknath Shinde (right), newly-elected Leader of the Opposition in the Maharashtra Assembly and Ramdas Kadam, Shiv Sena MLA, arrive at the Vidhan Bhavan in Mumbai on Wednesday.  

A day after the first ever BJP-led minority Government in Maharashtra managed to sail through the trust vote by a controversial voice vote, the Shiv Sena said on Thursday that the Devendra Fadnavis Government has lost the trust of the people, though they won the "trust vote" in the Maharashtra Assembly,.

The Sena, which spelt out its view on the events inside and outside the Assembly, however continues to be ambiguous over its lone Minister in the Narendra Modi Government as well as its alliance with the BJP in the Mumbai municipal body and some other such civic bodies in other parts of the State.

An editorial in the party’s mouth-piece Saamna said, “Can those who win trust vote by sidelining the traditions of the House, win the trust of people? No matter how confidently you claim your victory, you have lost the moral right to govern this State.

Those who used the "corrupt" to reach the power centre should not claim "clean governance." Forget us, even the people of this State will not accept this trust vote that was won on voice vote,” it commented.

The manner in which the newly-elected Assembly Speaker Haribhau Bagade commended the trust vote motion for consideration of the House has been severely criticised by the Sena and the Congress.

'Rules flouted'

They have charged the Speaker of flouting the rules by ignoring persistent pleas of the Sena and the Congress for a ballot voting. However, the Speaker and the BJP have maintained that all rules were followed and the party would have won the confidence motion even after voting.

Since the BJP was short of 22 members for the simple majority, State Governor C. Vidyasagar Rao, while accepting the party’s stake to form a government had asked the Chief Minister to prove his majority on the floor of the Assembly before November 14.

'Opportunist move'

The NCP, with 41 MLAs, had announced its unilateral support to the BJP. NCP’s support to the BJP has been criticised as an opportunist move to save its leaders from several alleged corruption cases. The BJP has neither accepted nor rejected the NCP support.

The editorial questioned the need to bypass the ballot voting and clearing the confidence motion by voice vote. “Did you choose the voice vote, only to keep the support of ‘corrupt’ people under wraps? Were you not confident about your majority? Why couldn’t you show your clear majority on paper? Why was our demand of ballot voting sidelined?” it questioned.

It is not yet evident if the Sena wants to completely sever its ties with the BJP even after all the chargers and counter-charges on the events leading to the trust vote.

To completely break free, the Sena would be required not only to ask its representative in the Narendra Modi Government, Anant Geete, to quit, but also end its alliance with the BJP without whose support it would lose its majority in the cash-rich Mumbai municipality and several other municipalities it governs.

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