The Supreme Court on November 26th, 2019 asked the Bharatiya Janata Party-led Devendra Fadnavis government in Maharashtra to prove its majority on the floor of the assembly by November 27th, 2019 within 5 pm.
The floor test has been ordered after the Shiv Sena-Nationalist Congress Party (NCP)-Congress alliance filed a petition in the court against the procedure in which Fadnavis took power on November 23rd, 2019 morning at a quiet oath ceremony. The alliance termed the oath ceremony as the “murder of democracy” and called the BJP government “illegal”.
In a dramatic twist, Fadnavis took oath as the Maharashtra Chief Minister for a second term on November 23rd, 2019 more than a week after the state was placed under President’s Rule. On the other hand, NCP chief Sharad Pawar’s nephew, Ajit Pawar, took oath as his deputy.
The development stunned the nation as everyone was expecting an alliance excluding the BJP to claim the right to form a government. Shiv Sena’s Uddhav Thackeray was expected to take charge as Maharashtra’s new Chief Minister in an unlikely coalition with the NCP and the Congress.
Here is your five-point on Maharashtra floor test:
- A three-judge bench comprising Justices N V Ramana, Ashok Bhushan and Sanjiv Khanna said on November 26th, 2019 that the floor test has to be conducted on November 27th, 2019.
- The court also directed immediate appointment of a pro-tem speaker who will conduct the test.
- The trust vote will be presided over by a pro-tem or interim Speaker.
- The top court has directed Maharashtra Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari to ensure that the entire exercise of electing all the members of the House, including the interim speaker, is completed by 5 pm.
- A bench also said the entire proceedings would be telecast live. Voting in the assembly shall not be on the basis of a secret ballot, the top court directed.
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