Live: SC to hear Sena-Congress-NCP plea seeking urgent floor test at 11:30 am tomorrow
BJP leader Devendra Fadnavis took oath as Maharashtra Chief Minister for the second consecutive term and Nationalist Congress Party's (NCP) Ajit Pawar was sworn-in as his deputy.
New Delhi: In a massive overnight twist, BJP leader Devendra Fadnavis took oath as Maharashtra Chief Minister for the second consecutive term and Nationalist Congress Party's (NCP) Ajit Pawar was sworn-in as his deputy. The oath ceremony was administered by Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari at a function in the Raj Bhavan at around 8 am in the presence of a few BJP and NCP leaders, and other government officials.
Soon afterwards, Fadnavis said that the Governor would give them a letter instructing when to prove the new government`s majority on the floor of the Assembly. He also added that the cabinet would be expanded at a later date.
What's surprising was Ajit Pawar's decision to support BJP at a time when NCP, Congress and Shiv Sena had almost finalised a deal to form government in Maharashtra.
A lot is now happening in Maharashtra. Sharad Pawar has said that neither he nor does the NCP endorse his decision supporting BJP. Sena leader Sanjay Raut, meanwhile, said that Ajit has backstabbed the people of Maharashtra.
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All NCP MLAs have been shifted to a hotel in Mumbai.
Bharatiya Janata Party is of the view that Ajit Pawar's appointment as NCP legislative party leader was valid and appointment of Jayant Patil in his place today is invalid, BJP leader Ashish Shelar says.
Speaking to media outside the Supreme Court, Congress spokesperson Randeep Surjewala says that the three parties are seeking an immediate floor test in the house, similar to the one ordered by Supreme Court in 2018 in Karnataka.
NCP chief Sharad Pawar leaves from YB Chavan Centre after meeting with party MLAs; NCP leader Supriya Sule shows victory sign in Mumbai.
Mumbai: NCP Chief Sharad Pawar leaves from YB Chavan Centre after meeting with party MLAs; NCP leader Supriya Sule shows victory sign pic.twitter.com/q3b6AtHZQH
— ANI (@ANI) November 23, 2019
Supreme Court will hear NCP-Shiv Sena-Cong joint petition seeking urgent floor test in Maharashtra at 11:30 am on Sunday.
Congress leader Ashok Chavan says Devendra Fadnavis has misled the Governor and NCP has the numbers. Reiterating Nawab Malik's statement, Chavan says only 4-5 NCP MLAs are not in touch with the party.
NCP sources: Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) MLAs being shifted to the Renaissance Hotel in Mumbai.
In a press briefing, NCP MLA Nawab Malik said only 5 NCP MLAs are not in touch with the party.
"Five are not in touch with us. Six are on their way. The rest were there in the meeting. We are all confident that we will defeat this govt which has been formed chori chori chupke chupke. Till a new leader of Legislative party is chosen, all Constitutional rights of LLP are given to Jayant Patil. Our MLAs are here. Congress MLAs are here. Sena MLAs too are in Mumbai. We will defeat this govt while choosing the speaker itself," he said.
With the NCP meeting underway, the party's official Twitter account said, "In the meantime, all the constitutional rights of the leader of the NCP Legislature Party are with Mr Jayant Patil. The decision has been taken unanimously taken by the elected members of the party."
___________ _____ ___________ ________ ________ _____ ____ _________ ______ _. ____. @Jayant_R_Patil _______, __________ ______ _________ ________ ______ _____ _______ ___ ____. _________ _______ ___________ ________ _________ __ ____ _______ _____ ____ __________ ____. pic.twitter.com/2Lp82JkBOU
- NCP (@NCPspeaks) November 23, 2019
Senior Advocate Devadutt Kamat for Congress-NCP-Shiv Sena: In our petition, we requested SC for an urgent direction for a Floor Test to be held tomorrow itself. We are hopeful the Supreme Court will hear us. Our petition has been numbered.
Congress leader KC Venugopal on Maharashtra govt formation: Our 44 MLAs are intact. Maharashtra Governor has bypassed all norms and regulations. Without any verification, he invited BJP to form govt. We have moved Supreme Court. We will also raise this issue in the Parliament.
Maharashtra Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari has arrived in Delhi, to attend the annual Conference of Governors' tomorrow. (file pic)
Maharashtra Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari has arrived in Delhi, to attend the annual Conference of Governors' tomorrow. (file pic) pic.twitter.com/hDSBVGCIHU
— ANI (@ANI) November 23, 2019
"Our people are there. Registry is open now. They will decide on the urgency of the case. Petition on behalf of three parties have been filed, SC Registry is processing it for further action,” senior advocate Devadutt Kamat for the three parties said.
The three parties are seeking an urgent hearing into the matter tonight only.
The Congress, NCP and Shiv Sena have filed a petition in the Supreme Court.
The petition has challenged the Governor's decision in which the Governor had invited Devendra Fadnavos to form the government in Maharashtra.
Top NCP sources: Total 50 MLAs are present in the meeting with NCP Chief Sharad Pawar at YB Chavan Centre in Mumbai. 4 NCP MLAs including Ajit Pawar yet to come for the meeting. They are expected to come for the meeting shortly. All MLAs will be kept at a hotel in Mumbai.
Ajit Pawar has been removed as the NCP legislative party leader in NCP meeting that took place today.
Dilip Walse Patil has been named as the new NCP legislative party leader.
According to officials, the governor invoked Rule 12 of its transaction of business to bypass the need of Union Cabinet's nod for revocation President's rule in Maharashtra.
In a dramatic turn of events, Shiv Sena-NCP-Congress have approached the SC against Governor of Maharashtra. They are waiting to file the writ petition in SC. The Congress leaders are expecting a hearing tonight.
42 NCP MLAs are present in the meeting with NCP Chief Sharad Pawar, at YB Chavan Centre in Mumbai; Visuals from outside YB Chavan Centre.
Maharashtra: 42 NCP MLAs are present in the meeting with NCP Chief Sharad Pawar, at YB Chavan Centre in Mumbai; Visuals from outside YB Chavan Centre pic.twitter.com/hhRDKmTOY0
— ANI (@ANI) November 23, 2019
Shiv Sena leaders Milind Narvekar and Eknath Shinde brought with them 2 NCP MLAs Sanjay Bansod and Babasaheb Patil at YB Chavan Center from the Mumbai airport. The two NCP MLAs are said to be with Deputy CM Ajit Pawar.
A writ petition has been submitted in the Supreme Court by NCP, Shiv Sena and Congress against Bhagat Singh Koshyari, the Governor of Maharashtra.
They are demanding that the governor's actions of Saturday morning should be declared illegal and Sena-NCP and Congress should be invited to form the government in Maharashtra.
Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray assures disgruntled MLAs that they will not let the BJP prove its majority on the floor of the House on November 30. He added that they should remain in Hotel Lalit for now and prepare to leave Mumbai anytime.
According to sources, Shiv Sena is planning to file a writ petition in Supreme Court.
I will not back out from my decision of supporting the BJP, tells Ajit Pawar to NCP.
This comes after several NCP leaders met Ajit at his residence to bring him back to the party.
4 independent MLAs also took part in Shiv Sena meeting at Hotel Lalit with party MLAs and Uddhav Thackeray.
All 56 MLAs of Shiv Sena attended the meeting with party chief Uddhav Thackeray at Hotel Lalit. After the meeting ended, some MLAs took the route towards the airport
Dhananjay Munde is believed to be the leader who rallied NCP MLAs into supporting BJP.
42 MLAs have reached the NCP meeting so far.
NCP MLA Dhananjay Munde, seen as close to Ajit Pawar, arrives at the YB Chavan centre to meet NCP chief Sharad Pawar.
Only 30 MLAs are attending the crucial NCP meeting underway in Mumbai. Senior NCP leader Dhananjay Munde has also reached to attend the meeting.
Senior NCP leader and close confidant of Ajit Pawar, Hasan Mushrif, Sunil Tatkare and Dilip Vise Patil met Ajit at the Brighton building in Mumbai and spoke to him for around 1.5 hours.
According to reports, NCP is trying to mend bridges with Ajit Pawar.
Crucial meeting of NCP MLAs taking place currently.
Four out of nine rebel NCP MLAs have returned to Sharad Pawar claiming that they were misled by Ajit Pawar. Now Ajit Pawar has been left with only five MLAs namely Babasaheb Patil, Anil Patil, Narhari Jhirwal, Dhananjay Munde and Daulat Daroda, according to sources.
Uddhav Thackeray to reach Hotel Lalit in Mumbai shortly to console the angry and hurt Shiv Sena MLAs.
NCP meeting to take place shortly, party chief Sharad Pawar will be present too. According to sources, they can make a decision on Ajit Pawar's future in party.
"Modi hai to Mumkin hai (Anything is possible if Modi is there)," says CM Devendra Fadnavis while addressing BJP workers at the party office in Mumbai.
We will provide an honest and stable government in Maharashtra, says CM Fadnavis.
I thank PM Modi, Home Minister Amit Shah for extending their unparallel support, says CM Devendra Fadnavis.
Devendra Fadnavis reaches the BJP office in Mumbai. Victory celebrations are underway at the BJP office.
Addressing a press conference, Congress spokesperson Randeep Surjewala said that November 23 will be marked as a black day when the Constitution was crossed by a power-hungry BJP.
"They used an opportunistic Ajit Pawar and intimidated him with jail. If this is not a murder of democracy, then what is this? Last night pages of the Constitution were torn and a CM was administered the oath in the night," he said.
CM Devendra Fadnavis Left for BJP office from Varsha bungalow in Mumbai.
Rajasthan CM Ashok Gehlot demands the resignation of Maharashtra Governor over moral grounds.
The details that are emerging from #Maharashtra are shocking n shows Governor acted in connivance with BJP n administered the oath of office to Devendra Fadnavis ji without verifying signatures of NCP MLAs. Governor must resign on moral ground. He has no right to remain in office
— Ashok Gehlot (@ashokgehlot51) November 23, 2019
Senior NCP leader Dhananjay Munde will be taking the rebel NCP MLAs to Delhi with him.
All rebel NCP MLAs who supported Ajit Pawar to form the government with the BJP in the state will be shifted to Delhi.
42 out of 44 MLAs were present in Congress Legislature Party meeting where they expressed anger at senior leadership for delaying in forming the government. Congress leader Mallikarjun Khadge was criticised by the MLAs.
Congress has decided to shift its MLAs to Madhya Pradesh's Bhopal by a 5 pm flight today.
We do not wish to make personal attacks and comments on Shiv Sena and its leaders. We will not do so. We were an alliance and we will not say anything personal against anyone. We waited for Shiv Sena... gave them enough time... they took 20-25 days: Prasad.
We are ashamed at the language used by the Shiv Sena for the Prime Minister and the Home Minister in their editorial mouthpiece Saamana. It is shameful and a new low for their party. We will not stoop to that level, says Prasad.
We will make no comments about their leaders. I say again; the people of Maharasthra have given the BJP both the mandate and the numbers. Both leaders took oath today with letters of support from their MLAs... that makes it legal. What is happening within the NCP, we cannot comment on. That is for the NCP to say. We will see what happens, says Prasad.
"What suddenly happened to the Shiv Sena after the result came out? They are the ones who went astray. We waited for them. But they snapped ties and went ahead... so if Ajit Pawar has come in support now, why is it such a problem for them. The real schemers were the ones who were forming an unholy alliance for personal gains," Prasad says.
"Some people are now talking about Chhatrapati Shivaji. Those who are stooping to whatever it takes, even give up on their ideals, give up their values just for personal gains have no moral ground to even quote Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj. We do not want to say anything further on this" says Ravi Shankar Prasad," he adds.
Information and Technology Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad says, "The mandate was for BJP. The numbers were with BJP... the people wanted Fadnavis as their chief minister. Where is the doubt? The mandate is clear of what the people want. In 2014 BJP contested 260 seats and won 46% of them. In 2019 we contested 150 seats and won 105. Which is better than the 2014 performance."
"The Shiv Sena candidates benefitted from the goodwill of the BJP and the leadership of Devendra Fadnavis ji. It has to be accepted and noted that people wanted Fadnavis as their chief minister again. The Congress and NCP themselves said that the mandate is for them to sit in the opposition. So how has this suddenly become a match-fixing to grab the chair?" Prasad adds.
Throughout the election campaign, Devendra Fadnavis' name was projected as the Maharashtra Chief Minister. The support base of BJP and the prospect of Devendra Fadnavis becoming CM has played a crucial role in the success of Shiv Sena candidates, BJP leader Ravi Shankar Prasad says.
According to sources, Congress is planning to move its MLAs out of Maharashtra. They will be moved to a Congress-ruled state.
I had earlier said anything can happen in cricket and politics, now you can understand what I meant: Union Minister Nitin Gadkari on Maharashtra government formation
We will fight this on both fronts, political and legal: Ahmed Patel
All the three (Congress-NCP-Shiv Sena) parties are together in this and I am confident we will defeat BJP in the trust vote. All Congress MLAs are present here except two who are right now in their village, but they too are with us: Ahmed Patel
Today was a black spot in the history of Maharashtra. Everything was done in a hushed manner and early morning. Something is wrong somewhere. Nothing can be more shameful than this: Congress leader Ahmed Patel
Ajit Pawar was blackmailed, will prove this in Saamana: Sanjay Raut (Read full report)
Of the 8 MLAs who had gone with Ajit Pawar, 5 of them have come back. They were lied to, put in a car, and sort of kidnapped. Agar himmat hai to vidhaan sabha mein majority saabit kar ke dikhaye: Sanjay Raut
BJP to address the media at 2:30 pm, NCP to appoint new Legislative Assembly leader.
We will never support BJP; will take action against NCP MLAs: Sharad Pawar (Click here to read full report)
Attacking the Fadnavis government, Sharad Pawar said, "Public opinion is against forming the government with BJP. If such actions are still taken, people of their constituencies won't support them. If they resign and go for re-election, we will do everything to defeat them. All three parties."
I don't know if Ajit Pawar has done this fearing investigating agencies or not. As per my source, 10-11 MLAs were there in Raj Bhavan and out of those, 3 are already here sitting with me: Sharad Pawar
Action against Ajit Pawar will be taken as per the procedure: Pawar
Earlier EVM khel was going on and now this is the new khel. From here onwards, I don't think elections are even needed. Everyone knows what Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj did when betrayed and attacked from the back: Uddhav Thackeray
Parties had their MLAs list signed by all MLAs, a similar list of NCP was with Ajit Pawar, as he is CLP of NCP. I assume that he has submitted the same list. I am not sure about this but I suspect that this may be the case. We will discuss with Governor, says Pawar.
I'm sure Governor has given them time to prove majority but they won't be able prove it. After that our three parties will form the government as we had decided earlier: Sharad Pawar
NCP MLA Rajendra Shingane: Ajit Pawar had called me to discuss something and from there I was taken with other MLAs to Raj Bhavan. Before we could understand, the oath ceremony was complete. I rushed to Pawar Sahab and told him I am with Sharad Pawar and NCP.
Ajit Pawar's decision is against the party line and is indiscipline. No NCP leader or worker is in favour of an NCP-BJP government, says Pawar.
All the MLAs who are going must know that there is an anti-defection law and the possibility of them losing their assembly membership is high: Sharad Pawar
Some of the MLAs said that Ajit Pawar took them with himself: Pawar
Trust our MLAs, an honest NCP worker will never join hands with BJP, says Sharad Pawar
Shiv Sena and NCP leaders came together to form government. We had the numbers. We had our official numbers - 44, 56 and 54 MLAs with us who had supported the govt. Several independent were also with us and we had numbers around 170: Pawar
I was informed about the development at around 6.30 am. I am still with Shiv Sena: Sharad Pawar
Slogans raised in support of Sharad Pawar and against Ajit Pawar by a group of NCP workers outside YB Chavan Centre where Congress-NCP-Shiv Sena will address the media shortly.
Mumbai: Slogans raised in support of Sharad Pawar and against Ajit Pawar by a group of NCP workers outside YB Chavan Centre where Congress-NCP-Shiv Sena will address the media shortly. #Maharashtra pic.twitter.com/d8SdQhWVPO
— ANI (@ANI) November 23, 2019
Nawab Malik said that the government formed under the leadership of Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis will fail in the floor test in Maharashtra Assembly. "The entire government formation episode is a facade. They will lose on the floor of Vidhan Sabha. All MLAs are with us," he stated.
Shiv Sena's culture in Maharashtra is same as RJD's in Bihar. Like there are ruffians & goons in RJD, it is the same in Shiv Sena. No government can run for long with a party like Shiv Sena, people in NCP knew this: Bihar Deputy CM Sushil Kumar Modi
In a veiled attack at Ajit Pawar who took oath as Deputy Chief Minister of Maharashtra, NCP leader Nawab Malik on Saturday said that his party had taken signatures from MLAs for attendance which were later misused. "We had taken signatures from MLAs for attendance, it was misused as a basis for the oath," Malik told reporters.
Sharad Pawar, Congress leaders Mallikarjun Kharge and Ahmed Patel arrive for the Congress-NCP-Shiv Sena joint press conference at the YB Chavan Centre in Mumbai.
Uddhav Thackeray leaves 'Matoshree' for joint press conference with NCP chief Sharad Pawar.
I congratulate the people of Maharashtra, a stable government under the leadership of Devendra Fadnavis has been formed. It is a sign of a mature democracy: BJP Working President JP Nadda
Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut launched a blistering attack on NCP leader Ajit Pawar over his sudden decision to join hands with the BJP to form a coalition government in Maharashtra, without taking the approval of his party chief and mentor Sharad Pawar.
Speaking to reporters, Raut said, ''NCP chief Sharad Pawar has nothing to do with this, Ajit Pawar has backstabbed the people of Maharashtra.''
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday congratulated BJP's Devendra Fadnavis and Ajit Pawar of the NCP minutes after the two took oath as the Chief Minister and Deputy Chief Minister of Maharashtra, respectively.
Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) supremo Sharad Pawar has claimed that his party does not support Ajit Pawar's decision to form government in Maharashtra with the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).
An hour after BJP's Devendra Fadnavis took oath as Maharashtra Chief Minister and NCP leader Ajit Pawar was sworn-in as his deputy, Sharad Pawar tweeted to say that his party "does not support or endorse this decision of his."
Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Devendra Fadnavis took oath as Maharashtra Chief Minister for the second consecutive term on Saturday morning while Nationalist Congress Party's (NCP) Ajit Pawar was sworn-in as his deputy.