The Supreme Court is on Tuesday expected to give its verdict on holding a floor test that will decide the fate of the two-day-old Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-led government in Maharashtra.
The Shiv Sena, the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) and the Congress, who filed the petition on Saturday challenging Maharashtra Governor BS Koshyari’s decision to invite Devendra Fadnavis to form the state government, on Monday evening claimed to have the numbers in an remarkable show of strength.
Legislators from the three opposition parties publicly pledged their support to their Maharashtra Vikas Aghadi front at a Mumbai hotel as senior leaders claimed the support of 162 MLAs, well above the halfway mark of 145 in the 288-member assembly.
The three-judge bench of justice NV Ramana, justice Ashok Bhushan and justice Sanjiv Khanna heard the petition filed by the Sena, NCP and Congress looking directions to Maharashtra Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari to hold an immediate floor test for the second day on Monday.
The three-party alliance is relying on five judgments delivered in the last two decades by the top court to secure an order for a floor test within 24 hours in the Maharashtra assembly.