New Delhi: In a big boost to the ‘Maha Vikas Aghadi’ (Sena-NCP-Congress) alliance, the Supreme Court on Tuesday gave directions to conduct a floor test in the Maharashtra Assembly before 5 PM on November 27, Wednesday.
Speaking to reporters after the SC announced the verdict, former Maharashtra CM and Congress leader Prithvi Raj Chavan asked CM Fadnavis to step down from his post. “Tomorrow, at 11 am, members to take oath and at 5pm Pro-tem Speaker to hold Floor Test in Maharashtra Assembly. All 3 parties (Congress-NCP-Shiv Sena) are satisfied with the Supreme Court order. Devendra Fadnavis should resign today”, Chavan told reporters.
The court was hearing a petition jointly filed by the NCP-Congress and Shiv Sena against the formation of BJP-led government in Maharashtra. The 3-judge bench of the apex court comprising justices N V Ramana, Ashok Bhushan and Sanjiv Khanna had reserved its order yesterday saying it will announce its decision on Tuesday morning.
Earlier on Monday, after the SC reserved its order, the ‘Maha Vikas Aghadi’ (Sena-NCP-Congress) parties organised an unprecedented public parade of its 162 MLAs at Hotel Grand Hyatt in Mumbai and dared the BJP to prove its claimed strength of 170-plus legislators. The gathering, wherein an oath was administered to stick to the coalition ideals, was attended by top leaders of the three parties.
“Our fight is not just for power, but our fight is for ‘Satyamev Jayate’. The more you try to break us, the more we will unite,” Sena president Uddhav Thackeray told the MLAs at the gathering.
The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on the other hand, called the public parade of 162 MLAs, a cruel joke on the people of Maharashtra. “How can you have an identification parade of duly elected lawmakers of the state like criminals? It’s a shame on the people of the state and violates democratic norms,” asked former state minister Ashish Shelar of the BJP.
He also hinted at a close-finish in the upcoming Assembly floor test, saying,”The photo-session is yours, the photographer is yours, but the photo-finish will be ours.”
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