The saga of Maharashtra politics over the power struggle reached its crescendo as the Supreme Court ordered a transparent floor test in the Assembly. In a dramatic turn of events, Ajit Pawar followed by Devendra Fadnavis resigned from the Deputy Chief Minister and Chief Minister posts likewise just three days after a series of secret steps that snatched power from the Shiv Sena-NCP-Congress alliance and saw them in government. When forced to face a trust vote on the floor of the Maharashtra Assembly to prove majority, BJP was found lacking numbers and decided to end its bid for power.
BJP and Shiv Sena had fought the recently concluded assembly elections together but the two partners did not reach an understanding over government formation in the state. Though BJP and Shiv Sena had a clear majority in the assembly Shiv Sena refused to support BJP after being declined an alliance on equal terms.
The BJP had repeatedly asserted that it would prove its majority but the party’s claim of having 170 MLAs rested completely on NCP’s Ajit Pawar to get enough NCP MLAs to support Fadnavis’s claim. BJP does not enjoy support from the masses in Maharashtra where people are looking forward to a Shiv Sena-NCP-Congress alliance that will ensure welfare of the masses. BJP had formed an unstable government that was bound to collapse when asked to show the numbers which happened even before the floor test.
Uddhav Thackeray has been tirelessly working for the common people and he enjoys huge following among the people of Maharahtra. Shiv Sena has always stood up for the welfare of common people of Maharashtra and protected their history and cultural values. Sonia Gandhi from Congress has been continuously exerting herself to protect the secular values of the Constitution on the national level. Sharad Pawar from NCP is another towering leader well known for his social services on the Indian soil. These three veteran leaders and their parties coming together will ensure ousting of BJP from power in the state of Maharashtra. ‘Maha Vikas Aghadi’, the 3-party combine, paraded 162 MLAs in an unprecedented show of strength at a luxury hotel in Mumbai on Monday night indicating that the numbers were stacked heavily against the BJP.
Devendra Fadnavis stated: we don’t have majority after Ajit Pawar’s resignation as deputy chief minister to which HD Kumaraswamy replied: I am sad to hear that Devendra Fadnavis has quit. Actually, I should have been the happiest man. Was it not he who gave everything to BJP to topple my government? Time takes care of everything. He also added that the BJP is paying the price for being power-hungry.
Ajit Pawar resigned just hours after the Supreme Court of India ordered an immediate floor test in the Maharashtra assembly. The top court also directed that the voting in the Assembly will not be on the basis of secret ballot and the entire proceedings will have to be telecast live.
It also made it absolutely clear that a Pro-tem Speaker shall be appointed to administer the oath to the newly elected members of the House to pave the way for the floor test. BJP’s Kalidas Kolambkar was appointed as the Pro-tem Speaker by the Governor.
“In a situation wherein, if the floor test is delayed, there is a possibility of horse trading, it becomes incumbent upon the Court to act to protect democratic values. An immediate floor test, in such a case, might be the most effective mechanism to do so,” said a bench comprising Justices N V Ramana, Ashok Bhushan and Sanjiv Khanna.