The floor test for Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis to prove his majority in the Maharashtra assembly will be conducted on Wednesday, the Supreme Court directed on Tuesday.
Former Maharashtra Chief Minister and Congress leader Prithviraj Chavan told media that the court had also directed that all elected members of the House be sworn in on Wednesday itself. The entire exercise has to be completed by 5 pm.
Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari will also appoint a pro-tem speaker, who will administer oath to the newly elected members. The entire proceedings will be telecast live.
The Congress has demanded that Fadnavis immediately resign from the post. Chavan said that Fadnavis had taken oath as State Chief Minister without having the numbers. He tweeted: "We all welcome the interim order by Hon SC. On this Constitution Day, the SC has rightly upheld the democratic spirit enshrined in the Constitution. I am sure BJP’s desperation & lust of power will come to an end by tomorrow. The illegitimate CM @Dev_Fadnavis must resign".
BJP leader Sudhir Mungantiwar told local media that the BJP will be able to prove its majority on the floor of the House. He claimed that the NCP, the Congress and the Shiv Sena had locked MLAs in hotels. He said that all these MLAs would vote for the Fadnavis government.