SC to rule Maharashtra floor test today

SC to rule Maharashtra floor test today


‘Hum 162 Hain’: In a show of strength, Shiv Sena, NCP, and Congress MLAs came together at a hotel in Mumbai on Monday and took an oath to remain united. Adesh Chaudhary Hindu

The Supreme Court said on Monday that it will pass an order on Tuesday on the question of conducting a floor test in the Maharashtra Legislative Assembly. A bench headed by Justice NV Ramana said, "We will place our order tomorrow (26 November) at 10.30 am".

Both sides of the governor's office and the state's political division agreed in court that a floor test was "mandatory" to determine the majority, but differed on when it should be conducted. Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis told the bench through senior advocate Mukul Rohatgi that a floor test in the next 24 hours was out of the question, that the court cannot set terms to the governor.

The vote is a must: Judge

But Justice Sanjeev Khanna also put the matter in perspective. "In every case, the court has ordered the floor test to be conducted within 24 hours ... the majority is not decided by the governor, but on the floor of the House ... the question is whether the CM is in the majority? House. So a floor test has to be conducted, "he orally observed.

Mr. Rohatgi argued that the court could now request everything from Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari to initiate a floor test within a "reasonable time".

Solicitor General Tushar Mehta for the Governor's Office considered the idea of ​​floor test "today or tomorrow". He said the court should first give him "two or three days" to file his reply on a petition filed by the Shiv Sena-NCP-Congress alliance challenging the formation of the government on 23 November.

He said that the "entire stable" of the Shiv Sena had lost its pre-poll alliance with the BJP and moved to the other side. An immediate floor test would serve as an inspiration for the horse trade.

However, senior advocate A.M. Singhvi for the NCP and Congress said that instead of an incentive, a quick floor test would serve as an antidote for horse-trading xenon gs. “Both sides agree to the floor test. Now, why should you wait for their affidavits? The proof of the pudding is in the food, ”he said.

Night cover

Senior Sena advocate Kapil Sibal referred to a "hastily" succession of overnight events on 22 November, culminating in the formation of the Fadnavis-Ajit Pawar government. "For some, opportunities came to knock on the cover of night. A floor test should be done for all to see," he said.

The hearing commenced with Mr. Mehta producing the Governor's order inviting Mr. Fadnavis to form the government, as directed by the court on Sunday. He also prepared the letter of Governor Fadnavis for his claim to form the government.

He drew attention to Mr. Ajit Pawar's letter "enclosed" with the signatures of 54 NCP MLAs supporting Mr. Fadnavis. But Mr. Singhvi questioned the context in which NCP MLAs signed theirs. He said, "He [the court] has the signature of all the 54 MLAs of NCP who have elected Ajit Pawar as the leader of the legislative party. He did not sign his support for support to form the government with BJP

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