Supreme Court orders floor test in Maharashtra assembly to be held tomorrow

Supreme Court of India (File photo) Photograph:( ANI )

WION Web Team New Delhi, Delhi, India Nov 26, 2019, 10.42 AM (IST)

Supreme Court on Tuesday ordered floor test in the Maharashtra assembly to be held on November 27(Wednesday) before 5 pm.

The proceedings shall be telecast live. 

The top court ordered a Pro-tem Speaker to be appointed to conduct the floor test which it said should be completed before 5 pm tomorrow.

"A floor test should be held on November 27 before 5 pm," Justice NV Ramana said while pronouncing the order on the Shiv Sena-Congress-NCP plea against the BJP-led government formation in Maharashtra.

Supreme Court's three-judge bench, headed by Justice NV Ramana and comprising Justices Sanjiv Khanna and Ashok Bhushan, read out the pronouncement of the judgement.

The petitions were filed after BJP's Devendra Fadnavis took oath as chief minister for the second consecutive term, with NCP's Ajit Pawar as his deputy chief minister on Saturday morning.

On Tuesday, senior advocate Kapil Sibal appearing for Shiv Sena-NCP-Congress alliance in the Supreme Court asked the apex court to restrain the BJP-led government headed by chief minister Devendra Fadnavis from taking important policy decisions.

On Monday, Kapil Sibal had told the Supreme Court: "What was the national emergency that President rule was revoked at 5.17 am and swearing-in was at 8 am? President Rule was revoked at 5.17 am which means everything happened before 5.17."

He had further said that a floor test must be conducted within 24 hours with videography and a single ballot.

On Monday, NCP legislative party leader Jayant Patil along with Shiv Sena leader Eknath Shinde, Congress leader Prithviraj Chavan and others had visited Raj Bhawan and had given a letter showing the strength of 162 MLAs to the officials at Raj Bhavan.