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

Maharashtra government formation: Supreme Court to give its verdict tomorrow on alleged unlawful government formation

BJP and Devendra Fadanvis have got a 24-hour breather from Supreme Court, as the SC has decided to declare the decision tomorrow at 10:30 am. The top court was hearing a petition challenging the surprise formation of government by Devendra Fadanvis and Ajit Pawar. The SC will deliver its verdict tomorrow at 10:30 in the morning.

Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari invited Devendra Fadanvis, based on a letter showing support of 170 MLAs to form the government in Maharashtra. The letter showed support of all the NCP MLAs with Ajit Pawar backing them. Shiv Sena-NCP-Congress which was all set to form the government on Saturday morning, submitted documents claiming the support of 154 MLAs and called for an “immediate” floor test of strength in the Assembly of Maharashtra.

Shiv Sena-NCP- Congress filed the petition in Supreme Court

The top court was hearing the petition of Shiv Sena -NCP- Congress challenging the way which Devendra Fadanvis was sworn in as CM and Ajit Pawar was sworn in as deputy CM at 7:50 on Saturday morning. President’s rule was revoked at 5:47 am with Prime Minister Narendra Modi using a special rule to approve it without a cabinet meeting.

The Bhartiya Janta Party has 105 seats currently in the 288-member assembly seats. It needs 40 more to reach the majority-mark of 145.

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The lawyer representing BJP and Mr Fadanvis, Attorney General Mukul Rohatagi said that they have 170 MLAs and the letter is not forged. He also said that NCP leader Ajit Pawar had submitted letters of support from all 54 NCP MLAs.

Mukul Rohtagi claimed that the Governor’s decision can’t be subject to a judicial review.  The governor is immune under Article 361 and isn’t answerable for his actions. There is a complete bar on actions against Governor.

Senior lawyer Kapil Sibal, representing the Sena-NCP-Congress said that the formation of the government by BJP is “fraud of democracy”. He asked for the floor test in the assembly as soon as possible.

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