Supreme Court Reserves Its Order OnThe Petition Challenging Government Formation In Maharashtra For Tuesday
The BJP got a breather from the Supreme Court over its government formation in Maharashtra. The SC today reserved its order on a petition challenging the Maharashtra government formation. The SC has earlier asked the BJP to show the letters from the Maharashtra governor to form government and support of all NCP MLAs.
What was the Supreme Court ruling on Maharashtra government formation?
The BJP submitted the letter from Maharashtra governor and the letter of support from NCP to the Supreme Court. The letter shows that the BJP has the support of 54 NCP MLAs and it calls it AjitPawar’s Nationalist Congress Party. But the rival gang of Shiv Sena also claims support of 154 MLAs and demands immediate test of strength on the floor of the house.
The SC, after hearing the petition and checking the letters, reserved its decision on a quick show of strength till Tuesday. The SC on Sunday had asked Devendra Fadnavis to show letters from the Maharashtra governor and from AjitPawar to prove his strength.
Highlights of Maharashtra case in SC
• The Shiv Sena, NCP and Congress challenged the way Maharashtra government was formed. The development took place hours after the three parties decided to enter into a coalition to form a stable government in Maharashtra.
• Former Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi, representing Devendra Fadnavisclaimed that the letter from the governor wasn’t forged.
• Solicitor General Tushar Mehta representing Governor’s office said that AjitPawar had submitted letters of support from all 54 MLAs of NCP to government on 22 November.
• Mukul Rohatgi appearing for BJP MLAs and independents said the governor’s role couldn’t be questioned.
• Kapil Sibal representing the rival alliance called for immediate test of strength in Maharashtra assembly.
• The petitioners said that the governor was duty bound to check whether Devendra Fadnavis had the right numbers.