A bench of Justices N V Ramana, Ashok Bhushan and Sanjiv Khanna also issued notices to the Centre and Maharashtra government on a petition filed by the Shiv Sena-NCP-Congress combine against the Maharashtra Governor’s decision to swear in Fadnavis as chief minister.
The court also issued notice to Maharashtra CM Devendra Fadnavis and Dy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar. The bench asked Solicitor General Mehta to produce letters of the Governor tomorrow at 10.30 am for passing orders.
The apex court declined the fervent request of Mehta seeking two days time to place the Governor’s communication on record.
Senior advocate Kapil Sibal and A M Singhvi, appearing for the combine, told the bench that floor test be conducted today itself so that it can be ascertained that Fadnavis enjoys majority in the house.
They maintained that post-poll alliance of the three parties have the majority in the 288-member house.
Shiv Sena lawyer said that the court has asked Solicitor General Tushar Mehta to place before it the letters of the Governor recommending revocation of President’s Rule and inviting Devendra Fadnavis to form government in Maharashtra.
NCP WELCOMES SC’S ORDER
NCP leader Nawab Malik has welcomed the Supreme Court order asking Solicitor General Tushar Mehta to place before it on Monday morning the letters of the Governor recommending revocation of President’s Rule and inviting Devendra Fadnavis to form government in Maharashtra.
Prithviraj Chavan thanks Supreme Court
Congress leader Prithviraj Chavan has thanked the Supreme Court for hearing the Maharashtra matter even on a holiday and said the matter will be again heard on Monday.
Senior NCP leaders meet their legislators in Mumbai
Amid the political drama in Maharashtra with NCP’s Ajit Pawar supporting the BJP, senior leader of NCP held meeting with their MLAs in a hotel in Mumbai. Shiv Sena Chief Udhav Thackeray also met the NCP leaders in the hotel.
Maharashtra deputy chief minister Ajit Pawar on Sunday assured Prime Minister Narendra Modi that he would work hard for people of the state. Responding to PM Modi’s congratulatory message after his swearing in as Dy CM on Saturday, Pawar in a tweet thanked the prime minister.