London(PTI): Law is an aspiration for change and the answers one gets are based on how the discourse is framed, said Justice D Y Chandrachud, who is slated to become the Chief Justice of India in November, during a lecture titled 'India@75' in London.

The inaugural lecture, organised at the London School of Economics (LSE) as a collaboration between the National Indian Students and Alumni Union (NISAU) UK and LSE South Asia Centre on Wednesday, included the Supreme Court judge tracing the role of the courts in India.

He described the Supreme Court's decisions as aspirational. Law is an aspiration for change, and the answers one gets are based on how you frame the discourse, said Justice Chandrachud.

External dissonance is not a mark of weakness but of the strength of a Constitution, he noted.

The senior judge went on to reflect upon the Constitution as a transformative document in which the judiciary and legislature recognise various conceptions of these rights, and that is the language in which political and social issues are generally framed. People with different socio-political views use this language to advocate their rights. In the Indian context, affirmative action is debated on facets of the right to equality.

Justice Chandrachud explored the possibility for conflicting rights to exist within one constitutional framework. He explained how the judiciary interprets rights based on its vision of the common good with respect to the Constitution and while national identities are identifiable by a nation's past, a constitutional identity draws a balance.

Our survival depends on our ability to stay awake, he said.

Engaging with a range of questions from an enthusiastic audience, largely made up of students, Justice Chandrachud spoke on judicial impartiality in the context of social media and media trials, inclusive representation, role of artificial intelligence in adjudication, digitisation and data privacy, amongst other topics.

The LSE, which incidentally is also celebrating the centenary of Dr B R Ambedkar's PhD this year, is where the NISAU was born, and for us to mark this triple occasion in the presence of Dr Chandrachud has been a great honour, said NISAU UK chair Sanam Arora.

Justice Dr Chandrachud meticulously invoked India's constitutional ethos that upholds sacrifice and commitment of the founding fathers of our republic towards steadily achieving social, economic and political justice for all, added Vignesh Karthik, Head of Thought Leadership at NISAU UK.

The event began with Opening Remarks from Professor Alnoor Bhimani, Director of the LSE South Asia Centre.

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Mumbai (PTI): Maharashtra BJP leader Girish Mahajan on Thursday claimed that his party has the support of 170 MLAs, way above the 145 majority mark in the 288-member House that is necessary to form a government in the state.

The BJP is set to return to power in the state with the support of rebel Shiv Sena MLAs led by Eknath Shinde after chief minister Uddhav Thackeray tendered his resignation on Wednesday night, leading to the collapse of the 31-month-long three-party Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) government.

Speaking to reporters here, former minister Mahajan said, "We have a support of 170 MLAs. We can comfortably face a floor test whenever we are asked to prove majority."

The BJP's strength in the House is 106, and it claims to have the support of at least 13 legislators.

Meanwhile, sources said that Eknath Shinde will reach Mumbai from Goa this afternoon to hold talks about government formation with BJP leaders.

Shinde had landed in Goa from Guwahati on Wednesday night with a group of 50 MLAs, of whom 39 are Sena dissidents, while others are independent legislators and those from small parties.

It is not yet clear if the Shinde-led group will merge with any party. Shinde Wednesday night reiterated that they are Shiv Sainiks and will remain in Shiv Sena.