Maharashtra Political News: Supreme Court Verdict On Maharashtra Floor Test Live Updates: The Supreme Court on Tuesday directed that Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis prove his majority in the Vidhan Sabha on Wednesday.
A three-member bench of Justice NV Ramana, Justice Ashok Bhushan and Justice Sanjiv Khanna said that this is necessary to avoid the sale of MLAs. The bench asked Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari to appoint a temporary president and ensure that all the elected representatives take oath on Wednesday itself.
The bench said that the entire process will be completed by 5 pm on Wednesday evening and it will be telecast live. The bench said that there will be no secret ballot in the house. The temporary president appointed by Governor Koshyari will administer the oath to the newly elected members.
The bench said in its order, “In the present case, the newly elected MLAs are yet to take oath.” In such a situation, to avoid any kind of horse trading, it is necessary to determine the majority in the House itself.
The bench said, “It is our considered opinion that the Governor should ensure a majority test in the House.” The apex court, while completing the brief process, said that replies to the main petition of the Shiv Sena-NCP-Congress alliance against the Governor’s decision to administer oath of office to Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis will be filed in eight weeks.
The court said that in order to protect the rights of citizens of democratic values and good governance, it is necessary to give an interim order of majority test in the House. Keeping in view the constitutional goodwill, the bench said that the elected members have not been administered oath even one month after the results of the elections in the state.
The apex court said that for a stable government in the state, a majority of the House should be tested at the earliest and the governor should appoint a temporary president to administer the oath to the elected members. The BJP has 105 members in the 288-member legislative assembly of Maharashtra and has emerged as the single largest party. In this election, Shiv Sena won 56 seats, NCP 54 and Congress 44 seats.