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Maharashtra: SC order is eye-opener for BJP, other parties

Shiv Sena-NCP-Congress, at last, won the long-battle both legally and constitutionally.

Tuesday November 26, 2019 7:03 PM, Pradip Bhattacharya, ummid.com

Why Fadnavis Resigned

[Devendra Fadnavis handed over his resignation to Maharashtra Governor Tuesday afternoon. (Photo: Twitter/@Dev_Fadnavis)]

Even if Devendra Fadnavis resigned now in the wake of the Supreme Court’s interim order which sought a floor test to show the majority of Fadnavis government by appointing a pro-tem Speaker in the Assembly, the SC order remains an eye-opener for the BJP, and also for the other parties. Whether Fadnavis’ resignation changes the work pattern in the Governor’s House now, yet petty politics of horse-trading that figured in the last few weeks cannot be overlooked at all.

The petitioners in the Supreme Court had argued that “the Governor has belittled the constitutional office of the Governor and has allowed himself to be a pawn in BJP’s illegal usurpation of power.”

Accepting the petitioner’s request, the SC has asked the respondents, including the Union of India and Devendra Fadnavis, eight weeks to respond to the rest of the petition. May be Fadnavis’ resignation would now balance the Union of India’s reply which is awaited in the Supreme Court.

Hope today’s milestone verdict in the SC which had to intervene in the horse trading activities in the formation of the so-called stable government would be implemented in every state across all party lines. The country would remain highly grateful to the apex court for the unanimous interim order only then.

The three benches headed by Justices N.V. Ramana, Ashok Bhushan, and Sanjiv Khanna has passed the interim order that a floor test must be held on Wednesday by 5 pm. The judges urged for an appointment of a pro-tem Speaker to carry out the floor test and sought the proceeding of the House to be carried out through video recording.

NCP Chief Sharad Pawar hailed the judgment in high spirit of constitutional values and claimed it as a tribute to Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar.

In his tweet, the veteran NCP leader mentioned that the judgment on the eve of the Constitution Day is a milestone. The judgment is supreme in the sense that the case has not been disposed of.

The Court has taken note of Shiv Sena’s questioning the validity of Maharashtra Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari’s decisions which led to Fadnavis being sworn in as chief minister in the petition.

These decisions, the petition alleges, were “arbitrary and malafide”. The Apex Court had upheld the decisions in the S.R. Bommai and Uttarakhand cases, and passed an interim order that test floor must be held by 5 pm on Wednesday to prevent activities of horse-trading.

The governor must balance the verdict of the people. But in Maharashtra, Governor’s decision was backed by Union Cabinet meeting. What was the need for President’s rule and then swearing in of Devendra Fadnavis as CM? Based on the support from Ajit Pawar, Fadnavis was sworn in as CM and Ajit Pawar as deputy CM thereby president’s rule got revoked as early as 5.47 am that morning.

If media reports are true, after SC interim verdict, Supriya Sule’s husband met rebel NCP MLA Ajit Pawar, and this led to Ajit Pawar’s resignation from Dy CM Post. Fadnavis has stated that on the assurance of Ajit Pawar, BJP formed the government but as Ajit’s support was missing, he has nothing left to do other than to hand over his resignation to the Governor.

The whole episode today reminds us of a proverb - slow and steady wins the race! Shiv Sena-NCP-Congress, at last, won the long-battle both legally and constitutionally.

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