New Delhi: In the wake of the Supreme Court hearing over the government formation in Maharashtra, the BJP leaders held a party legislators meeting in Mumbai on Sunday to discuss the strategy to comfortably pass the floor test.
“In this meeting that we had just now, we discussed and decided our strategy to comfortably pass our floor test. We also passed a resolution congratulating Devendra Fadnavis on taking oath as Chief Minister,” BJP leader Ashish Shelar said in Mumbai after the party legislator meeting was over.
Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, Minister Piyush Goyal and BJP state president Chandrakant Patil were present in the meeting among other crucial party leaders.
The development comes after the Supreme Court earlier in the day asked Solicitor General Tushar Mehta to produce relevant documents, including two letters — one submitted by Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis to Maharashtra Governor and other of BS Koshayari inviting BJP to form a government. The court asked for the two letters to be produced before it on Monday at 10.30 AM.
Besides, a Bench of Justices NV Ramana, Ashok Bhushan and Sanjiv Khanna issued a notice to Fadnavis, his deputy Ajit Pawar, the state and the Central government.
The statement from the apex court comes after it heard a petition filed by Sena-NCP-Congress against Maharashtra Governor Koshyari’s decision to give an oath to BJP’s Fadnavis as chief minister. In their plea, the three parties had sought an immediate floor test within 24 hours to prove majority and to avoid ‘further horse-trading’. However, the top court denied an immediate floor test and asked for the letters of support.
Senior lawyer Kapil Sibal, representing for Congress-NCP-Shiv Sena asked the apex court that without any document, how a government in the state was formed at 5:17 AM?
He also said that at 8 AM, two people were sworn-in as CM & Deputy CM. no documents were given in that case.
“When somebody had announced at 7 PM that they are forming the government, the act of Governor is biased, malafide, contrary to all laws established by this Court, Sibal told the top court.
Soon after Devendra Fadnavis took oath as the Maharaashtra CM for the second consecutive term, the Sena-NCP-Congress move the supreme court on Saturday and filed a writ petition and sought an immediate floor test to ‘avoid horse-trading and illegal manoeuvres’ in the state.