Supreme Court verdict on Maharashtra: Trust vote on Wednesday

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Supreme Court verdict on Maharashtra: Trust vote on Wednesday
  • The Supreme Court verdict on Maharashtra government formation is out and the judges have ordered the floor test tomorrow.
  • A temporary speaker must be appointed to hold the floor test and it should be concluded by 5 pm on Wednesday (November 27).
  • "At this interim stage, parties must maintain constitutional morality," Justice Raman said as he read out the order.
  • The counsel for Shiv Sena sought the Supreme Court to prevent the Maharashtra government from taking any big policy decisions.
Supreme Court Justices Ramana, Ashok Bhushan and Sanjiv Khanna have ordered that the floor test in Maharashtra assembly must be held on Wednesday and that a Pro-tem speaker to be appointed and the only agenda is to conduct the floor test.

Pro-tem is a Latin phrase which translates to 'for the time being' in English-- essentially the appointment will be the sole purpose of presiding over the floor test.

Devendra Fadnavis who has been sworn in as the Chief Minister will have to prove that he has the requisite amount of support to lead the government. "At this interim stage, parties must maintain constitutional morality," Justice Raman said as he read out the order.

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This is how the unprecedented political crisis in Maharashtra played out in recent weeks.

October 24: BJP won 102 seats in the recent assembly elections but need a partner to reach the magic number of 145, to form the government. While Sena had won 56 seats, NCP won 54 seats and Congress won 44 seats. As Sena and BJP disagreed on seat sharing, endless discussions and delays led to a President’s rule in the state.

November 10: BJP says it will be unable to form the government while Shiv Sena seeks 24 hours to prove its ability. The Uddhav Thackeray-led party was looking to garner support from ideological rivals- the NCP and the Congress.

November 12: Governor rejects the Shiv Sena 's claim and the state is brought under President's rule.
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November 23: Just when a coalition between Sena, Congress and NCP seemed imminent, Ajit Pawar sprung a surprise. In a dramatic turn of events, the leader of NCP's legislative party decides to back the BJP -- against the wishes of the party chief Sharad Pawar. BJP leader Devendra Fadnavis is sworn in as chief minister and Ajit Pawar takes oath as deputy chief minister in a hush-hush ceremony on Saturday.

November 24: The aggrieved coalition moves Supreme Court against the governor's decision.Mukul Rogatgi, the advocate on behalf of the Fadnavis asserted to the court that they are ready for a floor test. The BJP government submitted two letters to the Supreme Court, one of them include the letter submitted by Devendra Fadnavis to the governor. The letter had 54 signatures of NCP MLAs, and current deputy CM Ajit Pawar’s assurance that he will support the government for a stable government.

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