The Statesman – Supreme Court reserves order on Maharashtra floor test for 10.30 am tomorrow

The Shiv Sena, the Congress and the Nationalist Congress Party on Saturday moved the Supreme Court, seeking a floor test within 24 hours to avoid further horse-trading and ‘illegal manoeuvres’ in Maharashtra.

New Delhi – India, 25 November 2019. The Supreme Court reserves it order for 10.30 am tomorrow on Maharashtra government formation. It will give its verdict on the floor test as requested in a petition by the Shiv Sena-NCP-Congress combine after Saturday’s extraordinary government formation in the state on Tuesday.

Yesterday, a three-judge bench of Justices N V Ramana, Ashok Bhushan and Sanjiv Khanna asked the Centre to produce letters of support by 10.30 am on Monday morning, one used by Fadnavis in staking claim to form the government and that of the Governor inviting to form the government – for passing orders.

Solicitor General Tushar Mehta appearing for the Secretary of the Governor produced the letter dated November 22 by Ajit Pawar to Governor B S Koshyari that contains signatures of 54 NCP MLAs.

SC reserves order on Maharashtra floor test for 10.30 am tomorrow

The Tribune – SGPC election on 27 November, Akalis begin deliberations

Tribune News Service

Amritsar – Panjab – India, 24 November 2019. In view of the SGPC annual elections for its executive body, the SAD has started conducting meetings with its members. The general house meeting to elect the next president, office-bearers and executive members is scheduled for 27 November.

SAD chief Sukhbir Singh Badal started holding meetings with SGPC members in Chandigarh today. Members from Haryana, Mohali, Fatehgarh Sahib and Ludhiana also participated. The members apprised Sukhbir of the SGPC working and shared their views over the suitable candidates for the next term.

The SAD has called up its core committee meeting for November 25 to have further discussion over the elections and many SGPC members from Majha and Malwa are expected to attend it.

Besides, another important meeting with individuals would be held at Teja Singh Samundri Hall on 26 November.

SAD spokesperson Daljit Singh Cheema said, “The core committee meeting will be held at the party office in Chandigarh at 5 pm on Monday. The purpose is to get the views from the party’s SGPC members on new chief and other office-bearers before reaching any conclusion.”

In 2011, SAD members had recorded convincing win with over 150 members elected from its side. Since the party enjoys majority in the house, the next president and other office-bearers would be from their side only.

Those in the race for president’s post include the incumbent chief Gobind Singh Longowal, who will complete his second annual term, former SGPC president Bibi Jagir Kaur, senior vice-president Raghujit Singh Virk and senior leader Jathedar Tota Singh.


190 total number of SGPC members

15 nominated and five high priests of the Takhts do not participate in the voting process

170 members are elected through voting