Mumbai: The BJP’s Devendra Fadnavis has to prove his majority in the Maharashtra assembly tomorrow, the Supreme Court has ruled on a petition challenging the surprise government formation by the BJP in Maharashtra. The court has ordered a trust vote “within 24 hours”on Wednesday evening.
New MLAs will be sworn in by 5 pm and the floor test will take place after that, said a three-judge bench. The court has also said that the floor test must be videographed and it must be presided over by an interim Speaker to be appointed by Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari immediately.
The newly formed Congress, Shiv Sena and Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) combine had petitioned the Supreme Court against the manner in which Devendra Fadnavis took power, in a secretive oath ceremony, along with Ajit Pawar of the NCP.
The centre argued that Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari invited Devendra Fadnavis to form a government based on a letter showing the support of 170 MLAs, including all 54 of the NCP of Ajit Pawar, who was sworn in as Deputy Chief Minister.