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Maharashtra: Supreme Court reserves its verdict for tomorrow

After hearing all the parties, the top Court has reserved the order for 10:30 tomorrow. Solicitor General Tushar Mehta handed over the original letter of Maharashtra Governor inviting BJP leader Devendra Fadnavis to form the government in Maharashtra to the bench

The unprecedented political drama that unfolded in Maharashtra on Saturday after BJP cleverly negotiated its way to form the government, the matter reached the Supreme Court when tripartite–Nationalist Congress Party, Congress and Shiv Sena sought the court intervention on Saturday.

The Supreme Court bench headed by Justice NV Ramana along with Justice Ashok Bhushan and Sanjiv Khanna, which held its first hearing on an urgent basis on Sunday, continued with its hearing today. The Court yesterday asked the Solicitor General Tushar Mehta and Senior Counsel representing Devendra Fadnavis to present the two letters which were relied upon by the governor to invite Fadnavis to form the government. The two letters submitted today morning in the Supreme Court.

The Solicitor General also produced the letter of Ajit Pawar, in which he claimed that he is NCP’s legislature party head and carried signature of 54 MLAs. This was the same letter which was allegedly relied upon by the Governor.

Solicitor General Tushar Mehta has told the Supreme Court that the Governor waited from Oct 24 to Nov 9, almost for 15 days, then only he invited BJP to stake the claim. But BJP clearly stated to the Governor that they are not in a position to form the government. Then Shiv Sena was given a chance to explore the possibility of government formation, in which they also failed. The same chance was also given to Congress-they also made the same point that they are not in a position to sake the claim. Hence, President rule was rightly imposed in the state.

Rohtagi (appearing on behalf of Devendra Fadnavis) in his argument said that the Court cannot replace the Governor’s view with its own. The Speaker is yet to be chosen, the house is to be convened, but they want the Supreme Court to preempt everything. The Governor has given 14 days, but it isn’t 14 months. Hence, there is no need of an urgent floor test tomorrow.

Rohtagi also opposed the floor test by the protem speaker. He further resisted any order of the floor test tomorrow. The protem speaker will get the full-time Speaker elected. If the other side has the numbers, they will have their own Speaker, said Rohtagi.



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