Earlier, on Monday, the Supreme Court heard the plea of three parties who wish to form the government with Shiv Sena supremo, Uddhav Thackeray, as the Maharashtra Chief Minister. The Supreme Court on Monday said it’ll pass its order at 10:30 AM on Tuesday on the Shiv Sena-NCP-Congress combine’s supplication against the Maharashtra Governor’s choice to swear in Devendra Fadnavis as the Chief Minister of the State. A bench comprising Judges NV Ramana, Ashok Bhushan and Sanjiv Khanna is likely to pass an order on holding of a floor test. The combine was pressing that the floor test is requested today itself which was restricted by Fadnavis and Ajit Pawar.
The Central Government’s Solicitor Common Tushar Mehta submitted letters of the Maharashtra Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari and current Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis in the Supreme Court. “The Governor was cognizant of facts and the situation after polls results that had led to invoking of President’s rule in the State,” said Centre to Supreme Court.
The Centre further encourage said that the Governor suggested President’s run the show within the State after being guaranteed that no party was in position to create a Government in Maharashtra. The Supreme Court was looking into the letters of the Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis and the Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar with respects to staking claim for shaping the Maharashtra Government. The Solicitor General said the letters had support of all 54 NCP MLAs. It too checked the letter by the Maharashtra Governor Koshyari. Koshyari’s letter had welcomed Devendra Fadnavis to create the Government within the State.
Senior advocate Mukul Rohatgi, who is speaking to the BJP and a few independent MLAs within the matter, expressed Ajit Pawar’s letter supported Devendra Fadnavis. “One Pawar is with me, another Pawar is here in the Supreme Court,” said Advocate Mukul Rohatgi to the Supreme Court. He, further said, “I met Ajit Pawar, he had the support of 54 NCP MLAs, so the governor asked him to form the government.”
Floor test is the extreme test, says Centre
The BJP told the Supreme Court that it is nobody’s case that the letters have been produced and the Maharashtra Governor had acted accurately. “So it is end of their case,” said the BJP. “Whether the Chief Minister enjoys majority support on the floor of the House has to be decided,” said the Supreme Court. Rohatgi asked the apex court, “Now the question is, can this court say whether floor test can be ordered within a particular time frame?”
“A particular time frame cannot be asked to be implemented on mere apprehension of particular party,” Solicitor General Tushar Mehta told the Supreme Court.
The Centre told the Supreme Court that no one was debating that floor test is extreme test, no party can say it must be conducted in 24 hours. “The Supreme Court’s 5-judge bench is supposed to examine power of Speaker in such matters,” said Rohatgi. He also asked the Supreme Court not to judicially review actions of the Maharashtra Governor.
The Central Government has offered to the Supreme Court to allow three days to record an answer. Senior advocate Maninder Singh, who showed up for Ajit Pawar, said that he speaks to the NCP and the Maharashtra representative had properly welcomed Fadnavis to make the government. No case for grant of interim order has been made out by the Shiv Sena, NCP and Congress,” said the BJP to the Supreme Court.