Maharashtra Government Crisis: SC orders for floor test tomorrow at 5 pm

The floor test will be broadcasted live on television channels with no secret ballet

Maharashtra Government Crisis the Supreme Court ordered for floor test at 5 pm on Saturday while hearing the petition challenging the surprise formation of government in Maharashtra. The SC said that there will be no secret ballot and the floor test will be broadcast live on television. To avoid horse-trading, the floor test has been scheduled for tomorrow. A pro-tem speaker will be appointed who will administer the oath for all the MLAs. The oath ceremony will start in the morning and the floor test will be conducted at 5 pm.

All the parties will now need to make a submission within 2 months, as issues regarding the judicial review of the decision of Governor (to sear in Fadanvis as CM) remained. The top court had reserved the verdict on Monday saying that it will deliver the verdict on the plea on Tuesday at 10:30.

Read more: Maharashtra government formation: BJP gets 24-hour breather, SC order at 10:30 am tomorrow

Ajit Pawar allegedly misused the signatures of NCP MLAs

Governor of Maharashtra Bhagat Singh Koshyari had invited the BJP to form a government based on a letter showing support of 170 MLAs. It included 105 MLAs of BJP, 11 independent MLAs and 54 NCP MLAs. Sharad Pawar said that Ajit Pawar misused the signatures of MLAs as the signature was intended for Shiv Sena- NCP-Congress alliance government.

The Sena-NCP-Congress was all set to form its government on Saturday morning. Even, Uddhav Thackeray was finalized for the CM candidate. But the news of Ajit Pawar backing BJP to form the government shocked the post-election alliance.

Kapil Sibal advocating the case for Sena-and-company filed a petition against the manner in which Devendra Fadanvis was sworn in as CM and Ajit Pawar was sworn in as deputy CM. President’s rule was revoked at 5:47 on Saturday morning with Prime Minister Narendra Modi using a special rule to approve it without a cabinet meeting.

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