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SC to pronounce order on floor test in Maharashtra assembly today

The Supreme Court will pass its order this morning on the plea of the Shiv Sena-NCP-Congress combine to hold an immediate floor test in the Maharashtra assembly. Hearing the three parties plea yesterday against the Maharashtra Governor’s decision of swearing in BJP leader Devendra Fadnavis as Chief Minister and NCP leader Ajit Pawar as his deputy, the court reserved the order for today.

During the hearing, the Centre maintained that the BJP had the support of all 54 MLAs of the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) to form government in the state.

Meanwhile, hectic political activities continue in Maharashtra. In an attempt to showcase their strength, the NCP-Congress-Shiv Sena combine paraded, a total of 162 MLAs at Grand Hyatt Hotel in Mumbai last evening. Earlier, in the day a delegation of senior leaders from all the three parties submitted a letter to Raj Bhavan, stating that their alliance should be invited to form the government after Devendra Fadnavis led BJP government fails the floor test. On the other hand, Mr. Fadnavis took charge as the state’s Chief Minister yesterday.
Union Minister and former Maharashtra BJP President Raosaheb Danve has said the party is ready to prove its majority on the floor of the House. Addressing a press conference in Mumbai, he said, they will abide by whatever the Supreme Court orders today. Refuting allegations that the BJP is indulging in horse-trading, Mr. Danve said there is no need for the party to indulge in such things.    

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