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All eyes are on the Supreme Court as it has scheduled to take a call on floor test for Maharashtra Assembly tomorrow after it heard Shiv Sena-NCP-Congress combine's petition challenging the Maharashtra governor’s decision to invite BJP's Devendra Fadnavis to form the state government early on Saturday morning. Follow live updates here:
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A month to the day Maharashtra state results were announced, the Shiv Sena-NCP-Congress political combine's petition challenging quashing of Devendra Fadnavis' swearing-in by governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari was heard by the Supreme Court on Sunday morning.
The court has ordered the Centre to produce the letter of invitation by Maharashtra Governor and letter of support submitted by BJP’s Devendra Fadnavis to the Governor by tomorrow morning.
The three parties, having sunk their political and ideological differences, have come up with Maha Vikas Aghadhi coalition and claim they have the "majority" with them. They have questioned governor Koshyari's "brazen act" inviting Devendra Fadnavis to take oath in a "hurried and makeshift" ceremony on Saturday.
There was no grave emergency b/w midnight and the day: Congress
As the Supreme Court issued notice to Centre, Congress's Anand Sharma said, "The midnight coup was unprecedented. There was no grave emergency b/w midnight&the day. It shows the intent. SC should go into all aspects otherwise it'll become a practice," according to news agency ANI.
'I'm safe': NCP leader who was reported 'missing'
"I'm safe. I've come after winning election on the clock symbol (NCP), so there's no question of changing the party. Whatever decision Sharad Pawar & Ajit Pawar take,I'm with that. Don't believe in any rumours," NCP MLA Daulat Daroda, who was reported missing, was quoted as saying by news agency ANI. :
Produce letter of support submitted by Fadnavis by tomorrow: SC orders Centre
The Supreme Court has ordered the Centre to produce the letter of invitation by Maharashtra Governor and letter of support submitted by BJP’s Devendra Fadnavis to the Governor by tomorrow morning.
Governor can't just call anybody to form the govt: Justice Ramana
It's a settled law that governor can't just call anybody to form the govt, Justice Ramana said replying to BJP's argument that the governor exercised individual discretion in inviting Fadnavis to form the Maharashtra government and that this action is immune from judicial scrutiny.
Took oath yesterday, why shying away today: Singhvi
Abhishek Manu Singhvi argued saying, "how is it be possible that someone took oath yesterday claiming majority, is today shying away from floor test?"
Governor's decision is not subject to judicial scrutiny: BJP
The BJP argued that the governor's decision is not subject to judicial scrutiny and that the court can't direct the governor to hold floor test in a day's time.
Parties must be given 2 to 3 days to prove majority: BJP
Mukul Rohatgi representing the BJP argued that parties must be given 2 to 3 days to prove majority in the house.
Can show majority tomorrow: Sibal
Kapil Sibal, appearing for Shiv Sena, argued that the three party combine in Maharashtra can prove its majority in the Maharashtra assembly tomorrow itself.
Best way to decide things is a floor test: Abhishek Manu Singhvi
"NCP had a majority yesterday, removing Ajit Pawar, signed by 41 MLAs- it is surprising," said Abhishek Manu Singhvi, who is representing NCP and Congress in the case.
"How can Ajit Pawar have the support of these people, how can he, who has been removed as legislative party leader, become the deputy chief minister [of Maharashtra]," Singhvi argued.
It's illegal if the list of these MLAs was given to the governor, he said.
Sibal cites Supreme Court order in Karnantaka case
The Shiv Sena-NCP-Congress combine cited the Supreme Court's order where the court had directed that the floor test in Karnataka assembly be conducted in 24 hours. "We will demonstrate our majority on the floor of the house," the three party combine said.
Nothing on record: Kapil Sibal
Kapil Sibal, who is representing the Shiv Sena, in the case claimed that nothing is on record and argued that the court to direct the governor to have a floor test in the Maharashtra assembly today itself.
Hearing in Supreme Court begins
The Supreme Court hearing has begun in Shiv Sena-NCP-Congress plea challenging Maharashtra governor Koshyari's move to appoint BJP's Devendra Fadnavis as the CM of Maharashtra in an early morning ceremony on Saturday
All 44 MLAs are safe at the right place: Ashok Chavan
Ashok Chavan, Congress: Shiv Sena-NCP-Congress have the number. Many MLAs who were led astray have come back. Rest of them will also come back. Our all 44 MLAs are safe at the right place. We need not worry about anything
NCP leader Jayant Patil reaches Raj Bhavan
NCP leader Jayant Patil has reached the Raj Bhavan in Mumbai. He is expected to submit a letter to apprise the Governor about his election as the new legislative party leader of the NCP.
All our MLAs will be back by evening: NCP's Nawab Malik
NCP leader Nawab Malik on Sunday said that by evening all their MLAs will come back and that BJP's Devendra Fadnavis, who was sworn-in as Maharashtra chief minister on Saturday, won;t be able to prove majority on the floor of the House, reported news agency ANI.
"We demand him (Devendra Fadnavis) that he tenders his resignation," he was quoted as saying.
First published: Nov 24, 2019 10:26 IST