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Fadnavis govt invalid;ask it to prove majority: Sena to Mah Guv

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Mumbai, Nov 13 (PTI) Sharpening its attack on the Devendra Fadnavis government for its “manipulative” victory in the trust vote in Maharashtra Legislative Assembly, Shiv Sena today met Governor C Vidyasagar Rao here and demanded that it should be declared a “minority” government and he should order a fresh confidence motion.

The former ally of BJP alleged that Fadnavis government with current strength of 10 ministers is “invalid” as it fails to fulfil the provisions of Article 164.

Senior Sena leader Diwakar Raote said they have requested the Governor to ask BJP to prove majority “or else declare it a minority government and seek a fresh trust vote.”

“The President of India has appointed Governor to uphold the Constitution. But if the government itself is unconstitutional (then) is it not his duty to take action in the interest of people?,” Raote told after meeting Rao at Raj Bhavan.

The fledgling BJP government won the trust motion in the Assembly through a voice vote yesterday, drawing angry reactions from Shiv Sena and Congress which have accused the ruling BJP of failing to prove its majority and “strangulating democracy”.

Terming the Fadnavis-led government as “illegitimate” which is formed by “violating” the constitutional provisions, Raote said, “Our delegation, led by (Leader of Opposition Eknath Shinde) has reminded the governor that this (BJP) government is an invalid government as per (provisions of) constitution.

“When it has only 10 ministers, how have they fulfilled the provision of Article 164 of the constitution?,” Raote questionned.

Article 164 (1A) provides that strength of council of ministers headed by the CM cannot exceed 15 per cent of the strength of the Assembly (the total number of MLAs) but it can’t be less than 12 members either.

Besides Shinde and Raote, the delegation comprised Pratap Sarnaik, Neelam Gorhe, Sunil Prabhu, Deepak Sawant and Ajay Chowdhary.

Raote alleged that minds of people have been “muddled” by the BJP, and that the party failed to provide clarity on the total number of legislators who voted for the party during the trust vote.

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