SC Reserves Order on Floor Test Till 10:30am Tomorrow

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New Delhi, Nov 25: The Supreme Court heard the petitions from both sides and reserved till 10.30am on Tuesday its order on a plea by the Congress-NCP-Shiv Sena combine’s plea against the Maharashtra Governor’s decision to swear in Devendra Fadnavis as chief minister in a midnight coup engineered by the BJP with the support of Ajit Pawar.

A bench comprising Justices NV Ramana, Ashok Bhushan and Sanjiv Khanna is likely to pass an order on holding of a floor test, which the combine was pressing for today itself.

The Governor invited the BJP’s Devendra Fadnavis to form government in Maharashtra based on a letter showing the support of 170 MLAs, including all 54 of the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP)’s Ajit Pawar, the centre today told the Supreme Court

Solicitor-General Tushar Mehta, arguing on behalf of the Centre, told the Supreme Court that Ajit Pawar’s letter to Governor BS Koshyari contained the signatures of 54 NCP MLAs. In his letter, Pawar’s letter wrote his decision is in the interest of the people and a stable government. He added that Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis had also staked claim, citing 170 MLAs in his support. “This letter cited support by 54 NCP MLAs along with support of 11 other MLAs who were Independent and from some other party. There was no reason for the Governor to doubt all this,” he said.

The Supreme Court asked about the letter issued by Maharshtra Governor to Devendra Fadnavis for forming the government and the letter of support of MLAs from the Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis who has claimed majority.

The Supreme Court issued notives to the Centre, naharashtra Government on Sunday after hearing a petition of the Shiv Sena, Congress and Sharad Pawar’s NCP against Saturday’s extraordinary government formation in the state. The letters have to be submitted by 10.30 am today. In an extraordinary hearing on a Sunday, a three-judge bench also issued notice to Mr Fadnavis, his deputy Ajit Pawar, the state and the Central government.

Joint petition by NCP-Congress-Shiv Sena in SC: Kapil Sibal (representing Shiv Sena) and Abhishek Manu Singhvi (representing Congress-NCP), Mukul Rohatgi (representing Maharashtra BJP) and Solicitor General Tushar Mehta present in the court room at the Supreme Court.

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