The Supreme Court on Monday, 25 November, said it will pass an order at 10:30 am on Tuesday on the plea filed by the Shiv Sena-NCP-Congress combine against the Maharashtra governor’s decision to swear in Devendra Fadnavis as chief minister.The Bench comprising Justices NV Ramana, Ashok Bhushan and Sanjiv Khanna is expected to take a call on whether to call for a floor test within a limited period of time.The combine pushed for the floor test to be ordered on Monday itself, which was opposed by CM Fadnavis and Deputy CM Ajit Pawar. Lawyers for the Centre and the BJP have argued that there is not reason for the apex court to intervene and call a floor test, and this can proceed as per the Governor’s orders.When Fadnavis was sworn in as chief minister on 23 November, Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari granted him 14 days to prove majority in the House.At the outset, Solicitor General Tushar Mehta, appearing for the Centre and the secretary to the governor, narrated the events that had transpired since the Maharashtra polls and said the governor was immune to the proceedings in the apex court.Maharashtra: SC Reserves Order on Floor Test Till TomorrowMaintaining that the BJP had support of all 54 NCP MLAs to form the government, Mehta asked the top court for two to three days to file a reply to the combine’s plea.The Centre said the governor had, in absolute discretion, invited the largest party to form the government on 23 November.Mehta told the apex court that the governor was not supposed to conduct a “roving and fishing inquiry” to ascertain which party had the numbers to form the government.The Supreme Court, after perusing Koshyari’s letter inviting Fadnavis, said it had to be decided whether the chief minister enjoyed majority support on the floor of the House.Prez Rule Revoked at 5.47 am: Timeline of the Day Maharashtra HadThe solicitor general explained that the governor had invited the Shiv Sena, the BJP and the NCP for government formation and President’s Rule was imposed in Maharashtra only after they failed.Senior advocate Maninder Singh, appearing for Ajit Pawar, told the Bench that the governor had rightly invited Fadnavis to form the government.Senior advocate Kapil Sibal, appearing for the Sena, opened his argument, referring to a presser of the three parties where Uddhav Thackeray was declared the combine’s CM face in Maharashtra.“Where was a national emergency to revoke the President's Rule at 5:17 am and the CM being administered oath at 8 am the next morning?” he asked.“The combine has the affidavits of 154 MLAs supporting it. If the BJP has the numbers, it should be asked to prove majority within 24 hours,” he added.How Newspapers Covered the BJP’s Maharashtra ‘Coup’Senior advocate A M Singhvi, appearing for the NCP and the Congress, said it was a “fraud on democracy” of the worst kind and asked whether even a single NCP MLA had told Ajit Pawar that he had pledged support for him for going with the BJP.As the hearing began on Monday morning, Mehta submitted the letters of the governor and Fadnavis, as asked by the Bench on Sunday.The apex court said it was not considering the combine’s plea that they be invited to form the government.Senior advocate Mukul Rohatgi, appearing for the BJP and some Independent MLAs, said pre-poll alliance partners from both sides had turned foes.He said the NCP, through its legislative party leader Ajit Pawar, had switched over to the pre-poll opponent BJP, leaving his uncle Sharad Pawar, who joined hands with the Sena, which was the NCP's pre-poll opponent.Rohatgi said Fadnavis had Ajit Pawar’s letter of assurance and they had submitted a list of 170 MLAs for forming the government.“It is nobody’s case that the documents submitted by Fadnavis to the governor are forged,” he said.Rohatgi said Fadnavis had all the documents which enabled him to form the government and that some kind of a feud was going on within the Pawar family.“One Pawar is with me, another Pawar is here in the Supreme Court,” he said.Rohatgi also submitted that the combine was unnecessarily alleging that some kind of horse-trading was going on.“In fact, till Friday, they were indulging in horse-trading,” he said.Mehta and Rohatgi said the governor had invited the single-largest party for government formation a month after the poll results, as others had failed to muster the numbers.“Now, the question is that can this court say whether a floor test can be ordered within a particular time frame,” Rohatgi said.Ajit Pawar’s Road to Mantralaya: The Story Behind Maharashtra Coup“The combine is asking the Supreme Court to decide how the governor and the Assembly should act,” Rohatgi added, stating that the court could not interfere with the House procedure, which was regulated by Assembly rules, and that the governor is immune to a judicial review.Mehta said nobody was disputing that a floor test was an ultimate test and no party could say it had to be conducted within 24 hours. He also questioned whether the apex court could monitor the proceedings of the House, which is constitutionally barred.Maharashtra: Where Did Sharad Pawar & Uddhav Thackeray Go Wrong?Sibal and Singhvi submitted that there was a prima facie case for passing an interim order.“If the BJP has the majority, why is it worried? I am happy to lose on the floor of the Assembly,” Singhvi said, seeking an immediate floor test.In the 288-member Maharashtra Assembly, the BJP is the single-largest party with 105 MLAs, followed by the Shiv Sena (56 MLAs), the NCP (54 MLAs) and the Congress (44 MLAs).(With inputs from PTI) We'll get through this! Meanwhile, here's all you need to know about the Coronavirus outbreak to keep yourself safe, informed, and updated. The Quint is now available on Telegram & WhatsApp too, Click here to join.