Supreme Court orders floor test in Maharashtra


NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court on Tuesday ordered a floor test in Maharashtra assembly on Wednesday to determine the strength of the BJP-led government.

As per the apex court direction, the floor test will be held in the Maharashtra Assembly before 5 pm on November 27.
A three-judge bench headed by Justice Ramana passed the order on a joint petition filed by the three parties ((Sena-Congress-NCP)) challenging Maharashtra Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari's decision to swear in Fadnavis as Chief Minister and NCP's Ajit Pawar as his deputy during early hours of Saturday.
"A Floor test should be held on November 27 before five pm," Justice N V Ramana said while pronouncing the order.
As per the report, there will be no secret ballot and pro-tem speaker will swear in the newly-elected lawmakers.
The apex court ordered that the floor test to be telecast live and added that a detailed hearing on constitutional issues would be held after six weeks.
The Supreme Court's decision will be seen as a victory for the Shiv Sena, the Nationalist Congress Party and the Congress.
On Saturday, the month-long political impasse in Maharashtra ended dramatically with Devendra Fadnavis returning as the chief minister. He took oath as the Chief Minister early morning along with NCP leader Ajit Pawar as his deputy.
The oaths were administered at a time when deliberations among the three parties on government formation had reached the final stage.
Subsequently, the urgent plea filed by the trio (Sena-Congress-NCP) and sought a direction to conduct an immediate floor test.
The floor test is a constitutional mechanism under which a chief minister can be asked to prove majority in the state Assembly.


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