The Maha Vikas Aghadi government in Maharashtra is worried about the majority. The three allied constituents of this joint government of Shiv Sena, NCP and Congress and their leaders are showing full confidence, but it seems that no one has faith in anyone. Then the state government changed the method of election of the speaker and requested the governor to allow the election of the speaker by voice vote instead of secret ballot. In anticipation of any disturbance, the state government had fixed the Speaker’s election on the last day of the winter session i.e. on December 28 and if the Governor’s approval was not received, it was postponed till the next session.
If the government had confidence, it would have elected the speaker on the first day of the session and would have conducted the election through voting. But it was decided to hold elections on the last day instead of the first day, which in itself is a sign of concern for the government. After that, through the Deputy Speaker, the government changed the system of election of the speaker and decided to hold the election by voice vote instead of voting. Naturally the governor does not accept this.
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Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari is already sitting to put a leg on the functioning of the government. Then the leaders of all the three constituent parties of Maha Vikas Aghadi met the Governor and informed about the election of the Speaker and asked for permission to conduct the election by voice vote, instead of taking the decision immediately, he said that he will tell on Monday. It is being said that taking legal advice, he rejected the proposal for election by voice vote. Even before his decision, the BJP had said that it was not possible because in the absence of the speaker, the deputy speaker election did not have the right to change the rules of the election.
The question is when the government has a majority of 170 in the 288-member assembly, in which Shiv Sena has 57, NCP 53 and Congress 43. The number of these three big parties alone is more than the majority figure of 145. This is followed by 17 members from independents and smaller parties. It is possible that the MLAs of independent and small parties would have made some disturbances in the election of the speaker, but all the three big parties of the government have their majority, then why it was decided to conduct the election of the speaker by voice vote? Is everything not going well in the alliance? Keep in mind that the health of Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray is not good. Because of him, the session in Nagpur was held in Mumbai, yet he could not attend the proceedings. Is this causing any problems in the alliance? Or is there a problem with other parties and supporting MLAs to make the Congress speaker?