After hearing the arguments of all parties in the case, the Supreme Court has decided to announce its decision tomorrow at 10:30 am.
With no end to the drama in Maharashtra, the Supreme Court on Monday resumed crucial hearing on a petition filed by NCP-Shiv Sena-Congress combine against the decision taken by Maharashtra Governor BS Koshyari. The top court on Sunday gave a 24-hour breather to the Centre, Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis and his deputy Ajit Pawar, asking them to submit relevant documents and letters of support from MLAs before the top court.
Congress-Sena-NCP combine, on the other hand, demanded an immediate floor test, claiming BJP does not have the numbers to show the majority. The tripartite alliance is expected to continue demanding an immediate floor test after accusing BJP of trying to poach its MLAs.
Here Is What Happened Today:
AM Singhvi: Happy to lose floor test, but they don't want it
Abhishek Manu Singhvi, appearing for the NCP, said the NCP-Congress-Shiv Sena is "happy to lose floor test" but they (BJP alliance) do not want a floor test in the first place.
He placed on record, affidavits signed by 154 MLAs showing their support, SC refused to accept it saying it can't now expand the scope of petition. He also withdrew the affidavits as the court said it would further delay proceedings.
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Shiv Sena MLAs being shifted from Hotel Lalit
A bus has arrived at Hotel Lalit where Shiv Sena MLAs have been staying. They will be shifted to another hotel after the court's decision.
I have affidavits from 48 NCP, 56 Shiv sena and 44 Congress MLAs: AM Singhvi
Singhvi said that he has affidavits from 48 NCP MLAs, 56 Shiv Sena MLAs and 44 Congress MLAs. But he was objected by Mukul Rohatgi who said these signatures cannot be "filed" before the Supreme Court.
"The court should order an immediate floor test. Appoint pro-tem speaker with sole agenda to hold floor test. They are trying to circumvent and nullify the procedure," Singhvi said.
Must order immediate floor test: AM Singhvi
Abhishek Manu Singhvi also alleged that BJP and Ajit Pawar submitted signatures of MLAs with no covering letter and called it a "fraud of democracy".
"Governor can't turn a blind eye that there is no covering letter or resolution," Singhvi added and called for an immediate floor test.