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Grateful to SC for upholding democratic values and constitutional principles: Sharad Pawar

Grateful to SC for upholding democratic values and constitutional principles: Sharad Pawar

India Blooms News Service | @indiablooms | 26 Nov 2019, 08:25 am

Mumbai/IBNS: Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) chief Sharad Pawar said he is grateful to the Supreme Court for upholding democratic values and constitutional principles as the top court on Tuesday ordered a floor test in the Maharashtra assembly by 5 pm on Wednesday.

Pawar tweeted, "I am grateful to Hon’ble SC for upholding democratic values and constitutional principles. It’s heartening that the Maharashtra Verdict came on the #ConstitutionDay, a Tribute to Bharatratna Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar!"

The Supreme Court passed the judgement on the plea filed by the Shiv Sena, NCP and Congress against the government formation by Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)'s Devendra Fadnavis on early morning on Saturday.

A three-Judge bench headed by Justice NV Ramana directed that the floor test should be telecast live and the voting in the assembly should be undertaken through 'open ballot'.

The bench which comprised Justice Ashok Bhushan and Sanjiv Khanna, said that Maharashtra Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari will appoint a Pro-Tem Speaker.

In a show of strength, the Shiv Sena, NCP and Congress paraded all its 162 MLAs at a hotel on Monday evening and asked them to take a pledge that they will not crossover and be with the alliance.

On last Saturday, NCP chief Sharad Pawar's nephew and party leader Ajit Pawar along with few other MLAs extended support to the BJP which formed the government under Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis.

Ajit took oath as Fadnavis' deputy in early morning on Saturday.