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Congress calls it ‘murder of democracy’ in Maharashtra

CONGRESS-LEADERS-PRESS-CONFERENCE--(1)The Congress party on Wednesday questioned the legitimacy of the BJP government led by Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis minutes after it won the vote of confidence in the Maharashtra Legislative Assembly despite strong opposition from its estranged former ally Shiv Sena.

Speaking to the reporters, state’s former chief minister and Congress leader Prithviraj Chavan said, “This is an illegitimate government.”

“We condemn the Speaker’s decision to not hold another vote,” Chavan added.

While criticising the newly-elected Speaker, Haribhau K Bagde, Chavan called it a “black day for Maharashtra’s democracy.”

Chavan further said that his party leaders will now meet the Governor of the state and demand another round of trust vote.

Meanwhile, Chavan’s Congress party colleague Manik Rao Thakre also called it a “murder of democracy” and threatened that his party MLAs won’t let the Assembly function.

Alleging that the Speaker was biased towards BJP and division of votes was ruled out, Thakre said that all Congress lawmakers will go to the Governor now and demand another round of vote as proper procedure not followed in passing confidence motion by voice vote.

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