The Supreme Court on Tuesday accepted the petition of the Shiv Sena-NCP-Congress combine and ordered that the MLAs would have to be sworn in on Wednesday and after which the floor test would have to be held under the chair of the protem Speaker in Maharashtra.
The three-judge bench headed by Justice NV Ramana said there would be no secret ballot and the entire proceedings would have to be an open vote and would have to be telecast live.
Dismissing the plea of the BJP that it need not interfere with the matter and go by the Governor's order to let Devendra Fadnavis Government of the BJP with NCP leader Ajit Pawar as Deputy Chief Minister take the floor test in a week.
"This court has been called upon to maintain principles of parliamentary democracy and protect rights for citizens of good governance. Several issues can be considered later as they are constitutional matters," the court ruled.
The Governor has been asked to select the pro-tem Speaker immediately which would be another bone of contention as it would be the senior-most member of the House.
The oath-taking will begin alive and the voting process would begin by 5 pm.