The swearing-in of members of the 14th Maharashtra Legislative Assembly marked a rare occasion on Wednesday when the House assembled for the session without the formation of a government and appointment of the chief minister.
In-charge secretary of state Vidhan Bhawan Rajendra Bhagawat while quoted by news agency PTI said that during the last couple of decades, the chief minister was sworn in first followed by other members.
He further stated, “The floor test is also then conducted immediately or in the following session. In the present case, no chief minister has been administered the oath, but the swearing-in ceremony of House members is being held.”
Bhagawat further reiterated that the Supreme Court’s interim verdict has made it mandatory for us to carry out the swearing-in ceremony. He said that the Assembly will come into motion without a head and the Cabinet once the oath is administered to all the MLAs.
Bhagawat said that once the chief minister takes the oath, he will have to form a Cabinet adding that the schedule of the next full session would be decided in the first cabinet meeting and the floor test will be held in that session.
A special session of the state Assembly began here on Wednesday morning to administer oath to members in the 288-member House. Pro tem Speaker Kalidas Kolambkar is administering the oath to the legislators at the session.