The Supreme Court will deliver its ruling on Maharashtra floor test shortly. Ahead of the crucial verdict, the courtroom number 2 is completely packed.
Earlier, as part of the hearing hearing the Shiv Sena, NCP and Congress plea, the Solicitor General Tushar Mehta has commenced his arguments and has raised objections to a potential judicial review of the Governor's decision. Mehta is also mentioning the timeline of events. Afterwards, Solicitor General Tushar Mehta hands over original letter of governor inviting Fadnavis to form government to an SC bench of Justices NV Ramana, Ashok Bhushan, and Sanjiv Khanna. Supporting Governor’s decision, Tushar Mehta argued that after being assured that no party was in position to form government in Maharashtra, governor recommended President's rule in State.
Solicitor General has referred to letter of Maharashtra deputy CM Ajit Pawar, saying it had the endorsement of all 54 NCP MLAs. Governor had the subjective satisfaction of BJP NCP coalition enjoying majority in the House with support of 160 MLAs and hence, invited Fadnavis to take oath, says SG Tushar Mehta.
Mukul Rohatgi is representing Devendra Fadnavis in the top court. Ajit Pawar is being separately represented by Senior Advocate and former ASG Maninder Singh.
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. 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.
Appearing for Devendra Fadnavis, Mukul Rohatgi said that the NCP CLP leader Ajit Pawar showed Devendra Fadnavis signatures of 53 MLAs and offered to join him. Following that, Fadnavis and Ajit Pawar went to the Governor and asked to form the government. He also said rubbished allegations of poaching by BJP and accused Sena-Cong-NCP of indulging in horse trading.
Appearing for Ajit Pawar, Maninder Singh said the letter sent by him as CLP leader was constitutionally and legally correct. Ahead of the crucial verdict, the courtroom number 2 is completely packed.