Ahead of the floor test of Uddhav Thackeray-led government in Maharashtra Assembly, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Saturday slammed the 'Maha Vikas Aghadi' for changing the pro tem Speaker. BJP leader Chandrakant Patil said the current coalition government is "violating all rules" and that the saffron party will take the matter to Supreme Court.
While speaking to media, Chandrakant Patil said, "The Maha Vikas Aghadi changed pro tem speaker from Kalidas Kolambkar to Dilip Walse Patil, this is legally wrong. Even the oath was also not taken as per the rules. The new government is violating all the rules. We are filing a petition with Governor and might also approach the Supreme Court."
Patil's rant has come a day after the coalition government removed BJP MLA Kalidas Kolambkar as the pro tem Speaker of the Maharashtra Assembly and appointed senior NCP leader Dilip Walse Patil as his replacement.
Earlier in the day, Congress leader Balasaheb Thorat has conformed Nana Patole as its candidate for Speaker elections while the BJP announced party leader Kisan Kathore as its candidate.
The election for Assembly Speaker will be held on Sunday and it will be followed by tabling of a motion of thanks on the Governor's address in the House. The new Speaker will then announce the name of the Leader of Opposition in the Assembly.
It should be noted that Maharashtra Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari had asked the Uddhav Thackeray to prove majority by December 3, however, the Maha Vikas Aghadi managed to get an earlier date and the floor test is scheduled to be held on Saturday at 2 pm.