SC to pass order on Maharashtra floor test today

The Supreme Court will pass its order today morning on the plea of the Shiv Sena-NCP-Congress combine to hold an immediate floor test in the Maharashtra assembly.

Hearing the three party’s plea against the Maharashtra Governor’s decision to swear in BJP leader Devendra Fadnavis as Chief Minister, the court reserved the order for tomorrow.

Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari in early hours on Saturday administered the oath of office to BJP leader Devendra Fadnavis as Chief Minister for the second time. NCP leader Ajit Pawar took oath as the Deputy Chief Minister.

During the hearing yesterday, the Centre maintained that the BJP had the support of all 54 MLAs of the Nationalist Congress Party(NCP) to form a government in the state. It asked the apex court for two to three days to reply to the plea against Governor’s decision.

The Centre told a bench comprising Justices N V Ramana, Ashok Bhushan and Sanjiv Khanna that the Governor had in absolute discretion invited the largest party to form government on 23rd of this month. Appearing for the Centre this morning, Solicitor General Tushar Mehta submitted letters of the Governor and Mr Fadnavis as asked by the bench yesterday.

The apex court, after perusing Governor Koshyari’s letter inviting Mr Fadnavis, said it has to be decided whether or not the Chief Minister enjoys majority support on the floor of the house.

Appearing for the Shiv Sena, senior advocate Kapil Sibal said, the combine has affidavits from 154 Maharashtra MLAs and the BJP should be asked to prove its majority within 24 hours if it has the numbers.