A Congress-led delegation of 35 leaders met governor Ch Vidyasagar Rao to demand the trust motion be tabled again in the state Assembly because the BJP had failed to prove its majority in the house.
A delegation led by state party president Manikrao Thakre also asked the governor to keep the government’s decision-making powers on hold till such a majority was proven because the Fadnavis government was ‘illegitimate’.
“We pointed out in our submission to the governor that constitutional norms were violated. The governor had asked the government to prove its majority, but there is no clarity over how many legislators and who is supporting the government,” said Thakre.
The Congress, after taking the advice of legal experts, decided to challenge the premise that the exercise of trust motion showing that 145 legislators support the government had been completed.
With the support of the NCP’s 41 legislators still not in writing or recorded in the Assembly’s proceedings, the trust motion they said remains incomplete.
They have also challenged the BJP’s defence that the opposition demanded the division of votes too late.
In 1999, 2004 and 2009, when the trust motion was cleared with a voice vote, the governor already had a list of all the legislators supporting the government. So the trust motion was just a formality, unlike this time.
“A division of votes is asked for after the trust motion is put to vote. In this case, the trust motion remained incomplete as the Speaker did not wait for the voice of those who opposed the motion and cleared it after hearing ayes,” said another senior leader.
Thakre, however, said the party will consider moving court only after considering all the other options such as the governor putting up a no-confidence motion in the Assembly.