Live telecast of Maharashtra floor test tomorrow, no secret ballot: Supreme Court says important to avoid horsetrading; key highlights

The following are the highlights of the Supreme Court's Tuesday order.

Press Trust of India November 26, 2019 13:13:29 IST
Live telecast of Maharashtra floor test tomorrow, no secret ballot: Supreme Court says important to avoid horsetrading; key highlights

Putting an end to the limbo and bickering in Maharashtra, the Supreme Court has directed the Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis to prove his majority in the Assembly before 5 pm on Wednesday.

Stating that it is necessary to have a floor test to avoid horse trading, the apex court on Tuesday also asked Maharashtra Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari to appoint a pro-tem speaker and ensure that all elected members of the House are sworn in on Wednesday itself.

The following are the highlights of the Supreme Court's Tuesday order.

  • Maharashtra Governor should ensure that floor test be held on 27 November.
  • Pro­tem Speaker shall be solely appointed for the aforesaid agenda immediately.
  • All elected members shall take oath on 27 November, which should be completed before 5 pm.
  • Immediately thereafter, the Pro­tem Speaker shall conduct the floor test in order to ascertain whether Fadnavis has the majority, and these proceedings shall be conducted in accordance with law.
  • Floor test will not be conducted by secret ballot.
  • Proceedings have to be live telecast and appropriate arrangements are to be made to ensure the same.
  • SC says undemocratic and illegal practices within the political arena should be curtailed.
  • SC says if the floor test is delayed there is a possibility of horse trading and it becomes incumbent upon the court to act to protect democratic values.
  • Eight-weeks-time granted to Centre and others to file their replies on the plea of Shiv Sena-NCP-Congress combine against the Maharashtra governor's decision to swear in Fadnavis as chief minister.

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