Mumbai: The Supreme Court ordered the coalition of BJP and NCP (Ajit Pawar) to produce the letter of support by 10.30 am tomorrow and that the apex court will produce its judgement after the letter has been submitted.
The three-judge bench of Justices NV Ramana, Ashok Bhusan, and Sanjiv Khanna heard the petition. They said that the issue involved in main writ plea is Governor’s discretion.
The Supreme Court was hearing a petition by Shiv Sena-Congress-National Congress Party seeking a floor test within 24 hours to avoid horse-trading and “illegal manoeuvres” in Maharashtra.
The plea was against the centre’s move to end President’s Rule and the Governor’s move to invite Devendra Fadnavis to form government. A three-judge bench will hear the petition.
In a dramatic turn of events on Saturday morning, the BJP turned the tables on former ally Shiv Sena to bring back Devendra Fadnavis as Maharashtra Chief Minister, taking the help of a faction of NCP MLAs led by Ajit Pawar.
NCP chief Sharad Pawar later held a joint press conference with Shiv Sena president Uddhav Thackeray to denounce Ajit, and to claim that of the 10-11 NCP MLAs who had accompanied him to the swearing-in, three had “returned”. Ajit was later removed as NCP legislature party chief at a meeting of the NCP, where party leaders claimed 42 of its 54 MLAs were present.