Supreme Court orders floor-test in Maharashtra assembly on Wednesday


The Supreme Court has ordered a floor-test in Maharashtra assembly on Wednesday. The proceedings will be video graphed as requested by the lawyers from the NCP and the Shiv Sena.


The proceedings will be broadcast live and the floor-test must happen before 5 PM on 27 November. The assembly, according to the court, must appoint a Protem Speaker before the floor-test.

The NCP has claimed a victory and said that truth had prevailed. NCP leader Nawab Malik tweeted, “Satyamev Jayate. BJP’s game is over.”

The Supreme Court Bench comprising Justices NV Ramana, Ashok Bhushan and Sanjiv Khanna on Sunday had reserved its order. The bench also said that the questions raised over the role of Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari will be looked into at a later date. Meanwhile, Kapil Sibal, representing the Shiv Sena, has urged the Supreme Court to restrain Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis from taking any policy decisions.

Congress President Sonia Gandhi was quoted as saying that she was confident for a win the floor-test. Maharashtra Congress leader and former chief minister, Prithviraj Chavan, said that the Shiv Sena, the Congress and the NCP were satisfied with the Supreme Court order of floor test in Maharashtra assembly adding that the Constitution was respected on the Constitution Day.

The BJP had opposed the demand for an immediate floor-test and the appointment of a Protem Speaker.