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  • BJP's national spokesperson Nalin Kohli also rejected the contention that the Supreme Court order on the floor test on Wednesday is a "setback" to the BJP, asserting that "no judicial pronouncement on issues of the Constitution can be a setback to any political party". Judicial orders only strengthen the Constitution, he added.

    A bench comprising Justices N V Ramana, Ashok Bhushan and Sanjiv Khanna is likely to pass an order on holding of a floor test. The combine was pressing that the floor test be ordered today itself which was opposed by Fadnavis and Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar.

    The Shiv Sena-NCP-Congress alliance cleared the floor test with 169 votes in its favour. The BJP's 105 MLAs walked out before head count began in the 288-member House. BJP MLAs objected to convening of the session and also NCP leader Dilip Walse Patil's appointment as pro-tem Speaker in place of BJP's Kalidas Kolambkar before walking out.

    The BJP also objected to replacing party's Kalidas Kolambkar as the pro tem speaker with NCP's Dilip Walse Patil, saying that such a thing happened for the first time in the history of India as the Shiv Sena-NCP-Congress alliance scared of losing floor test under a regular Speaker.

    The Shiv Sena-NCP-Congress alliance government passed the floor test with 169 votes in favour. The BJP's 105 MLAs walked out before head count began in the 288-member House.

    Thackeray, who is also the Shiv Sena president, was sworn-in as the chief minister on Thursday evening and hours later, presided over his government's first cabinet meeting.

    Governor B K Koshyari has asked Thackeray to prove majority by December 3. Thackeray, who is also the Shiv Sena president, was sworn-in as the chief minister on Thursday evening and hours later, presided over his government's first cabinet meeting.

    On the matter of floor test for Maharashtra, the SC referred to its past decisions on Karnataka, Uttarakhand, UP & Jharkhand where it had ordered similar exercise in times of political crisis. The apex court also mentioned its 2016 verdict in the case of Union of India vs Harish Chandra Singh Rawat in which it ordered the former CM to take a 'vote of confidence'.

    "We respect the court order. We are ready to prove majority and we will show it," Maharashtra BJP chief Chandrakant Patil told reporters in Mumbai.

    Supreme Court orders Floor Test in the Maharashtra assembly to be held on November 27 before 5 pm. The proceedings shall be live telecast. P...

    ​​Shiv Sena, Congress and Nationalist Congress Party had challenged the Maharashtra governor's decision to invite BJP to form the government in the state and oath-taking of Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis and deputy chief minister Ajit Pawar.

    Supreme Court orders Floor Test in the Maharashtra assembly to be held on November 27 before 5 pm. The proceedings shall be live telecast. P...

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