Live: With floor test ahead, Ajit Pawar reaches CM Devendra Fadnavis' residence
The Supreme Court on Sunday issued a notice to the Centre, Maharashtra CM and Deputy CM while responding to a joint petition filed by Congress, NCP and Shiv Sena which challenged the Governor's decision to invite Devendra Fadnavis to form the government on Saturday. The top court said that the hearing on the plea will continue on Monday and appropriate orders will be issued thereafter.
MUMBAI/NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court on Sunday issued a notice to the Centre, Maharashtra CM and Deputy CM while responding to a joint petition filed by Congress, NCP and Shiv Sena which challenged the Governor's decision to invite Devendra Fadnavis to form the government on Saturday. The top court said that the hearing on the plea will continue on Monday and appropriate orders will be issued thereafter.
The order was passed by the apex court bench of Justices NV Ramana, Justice Ashok Bhushan and Justice Sanjiv Khanna.
Amid high drama, attack and counter-attack by political parties, BJP leader Devendra Fadnavis was sworn-in as Chief Minister of Maharashtra for the second consecutive term and NCP's Ajit Pawar as his deputy on Saturday. The oath ceremony was administered by Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari at the Raj Bhawan.
The development came at a time when the talks between Congress, NCP and Shiv Sena over government formation in Maharashtra had seemingly reached the final stage on Friday. As the day progressed, allegations and counter-allegations from an elated BJP-led camp on one side and the stunned Shiv Sena-NCP-Congress combine on the other continued thick and fast.
The NCP on Saturday evening removed Ajit Pawar as the party's legislature unit leader, hours after he joined hands with the BJP. Ajit Pawar's actions defied the party's policies, said a resolution passed at the legislature wing's meeting, attended by Sharad Pawar. State NCP chief Jayant Patil will have all the constitutional rights till the next legislature party leader is elected, it said.
The three parties - Shiv Sena, NCP and Congress - then moved the Supreme Court seeking an urgent hearing on their petition challenging the Maharashtra Governor, Bhagat Singh Koshyari's move regarding government formation in the state.
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NCP leaders who were lodged at Hotel Renaissance are now being shifted to Hotel Hyatt, in Mumbai.
Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut arrives at the residence of Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) chief Sharad Pawar for a meeting.
NCP leader Dhananjay Munde approves of being at the side of party chief Sharad Pawar, asks media to stop spreading any kind of rumours.
Dhananjay Munde was present at the oath-taking ceremony of Maharashtra Chief minister and Deputy chief minister on Saturday (November 23). He is also said to be a close aide of Ajit Pawar and the person who holds key to the present Maharashtra political scenario.
— Dhananjay Munde (@dhananjay_munde) November 24, 2019
Quarrel between NCP leaders and police men in Hotel Renaissance, alleges BJP for sending them to poach their MLAs.
Congress leader Ahmed Patel arrives at JW Marriott Hotel to meet party MLAs. Ashok Chavan, Balasaheb Thorat, Sushil Kumar Shinde and Mallikarjun Kharge are present at the hotel.
NCP to shift their MLAs who are lodged in Hotel Renaissance to Hotel Hyatt, due to security reasons, said sources.
Maharashtra politics: Congress leader Ashok Chavan claims that BJP is trying to contact their party MLAs.
Independent leader Vinay Kore talks about factions in NCP says : We can see that two factions have been formed in NCP. We will get to know through floor test who has the bigger faction, how many people are with Ajit dada (Ajit Pawar), how many with Pawar sa'ab & are these two doing this together.
NCP leader Nawab Malik says: 50 MLAs are with us but not everyone is at the hotel, 4 MLAs who are kept somewhere by BJP people, are in constant touch with us and will definitely come back.
NCP chief Sharad Pawar comments on alliance with BJP, says, '' There is no question of forming alliance with BJP. NCP has unanimously decided to ally with Shiv Sena and Congress to form a government.'' He further said, ''Shri Ajit Pawar’s statement is false and misleading in order to create confusion and false perception among the people.'' His reaction comes after Ajit Pawar said that he'll always remain with NCP and Sharad Pawar will be their leader.
There is no question of forming an alliance with @BJP4Maharashtra.
NCP has unanimously decided to ally with @ShivSena & @INCMaharashtra to form the government. Shri Ajit Pawar’s statement is false and misleading in order to create confusion and false perception among the people.
— Sharad Pawar (@PawarSpeaks) November 24, 2019
Congress leader Ashok Chavan slams BJP and says, ''Senior-most member of the assembly should be made the Pro-tem Speaker as per the precedence. BJP is trying to gain more time from the Supreme Court, you can understand the motive behind this, they are trying to poach MLAs from other parties.''
NCP leader Ajit Pawar tweets on the alliance with BJP and relation with Sharad Pawar
I am in the NCP and shall always be in the NCP and @PawarSpeaks Saheb is our leader.
Our BJP-NCP alliance shall provide a stable Government in Maharashtra for the next five years which will work sincerely for the welfare of the State and its people.
— Ajit Pawar (@AjitPawarSpeaks) November 24, 2019
Shiv Sena's Aaditya Thackeray and Sanjay Raut meet NCP's Supriya Sule and Rohit Pawar at Hotel Renaissance.
Ajit Pawar extends gratitude to PM Narendra Modi, Amit Shah; updates his Twitter bio as Maharashtra Deputy CM
Do not worry, our alliance will go a long way: Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray tells NCP MLAs
Maharashtra politics: Sharad Pawar and Uddhav Thackeray to hold a closed-door meet after the meeting with NCP MLAs concludes, said sources.
Maharashtra politics: Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray and Sanjay Raut attend the NCP meeting chaired by party chief Sharad Pawar at Hotel Renaissance, Mumbai.
Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, BJP State President Chandrakant Patil, and other party leaders attend the legislators of the party meeting.
Delhi: Congress Parliamentary Strategy Group to meet on November 25 at 10 Janpath, the official residence of party interim president Sonia Gandhi.
NCP MLA Nitin Pawar, for whom a missing person's complaint was filed: I request my family and the people to not worry about me. I am with Sharad Pawar, Ajit Pawar and Chhagan Bhujbal. Nothing otherwise should be thought, by my family and people.
All lawyers of Congress-NCP-Shiv Sena were pleading to Supreme Court that floor test needs to be done today. After seeing the proceeding and the order it has been established that the Supreme Court hasn't come to that conclusion, their request has been rejected: Ashish Shelar, BJP
The Maharashtra BJP leader, Ashish Shelar claims that the party has the support of 170 MLAs and would successfully prove their majority at the floor test in the Assembly.
The midnight coup was unprecedented. There was no grave emergency. It shows the intent. SC should go into all aspects otherwise it'll become a practice: Anand Sharma, Congress
Nawab Malik hits out at BJP, says the party engineered the fall of Karnataka government from the Hotel Rennaissance in Mumbai and, now we will form the next government in Maharashtra.
NCP welcomes SC order on the Maharashtra political turmoil. Its senior leader Nawab Malik says, "We welcome the SC order. All the MLAs will be back by evening. Sharad Pawar is coming here to meet the MLAs. Devendra Fadnavis should resign as he doesn't have numbers. If he doesn't resign then we will defeat him."
NCP chief Sharad Pawar leaves from his residence to meet his MLAs at the Renaissance Hotel in Mumbai.
NCP's Nawab Malik says Fadnavis will not be able to prove majority, demands his immediate resignation. "By this evening all the MLAs of our party will come back to us. Fadnavis will not be able to prove majority on the floor of the House, we demand that he tenders resignation," he said.
Anand Sharma, Congress on SC issues notice to Centre, Maharashtra Govt on Congress-NCP-Shiv Sena's plea: The midnight coup was unprecedented. There was no grave emergency b/w midnight&the day. It shows the intent. SC should go into all aspects otherwise it'll become a practice.
In this court, sky is the limit, anybody can ask for anything. Any person can ask to make him the Prime Minister: Justice NV Ramana when Mukul Rohatgi (appearing for Maharashtra BJP) questioned the plea for relief filed by Congress-NCP-Shiv Sena earlier today in Supreme Court.
Appropriate orders to be passed tomorrow, says Supreme Court.
We request Solicitor General Tushar Mehta to produce relevant documents from Governor’s letter for inviting BJP to form govt and letter of support of MLAs by 10.30 am tomorrow: SC
SC issues notice to Centre, Maharashtra Govt, Devendra Fadnavis and Ajit Pawar on Congress-NCP-Shiv Sena's plea.
There is no need for court to pass orders today. There was no illegality in Governor's decision. The court should not pass an order to fix the date of the floor test. The three parties here have no fundamental rights: Mukul Rohatgi
There are some things that are with the President which are not even open to judicial intervention: Mukul Rohatgi, appearing for Maharashtra BJP in Supreme Court on Congress-NCP-Shiv Sena's plea.
Singhvi questions Governor, says democracy functions on numbers. How can he exercise discretion when no evidence was produced?
Yesterday, NCP decided that Ajit Pawar is not the legislative party leader. How can he continue as the Deputy Chief Minister if he doesn't have the strength of his own party? Singhvi
The whole idea is to prevent horse-trading. He (Governor) should have awaited the test on the floor of the house (before swearing-in). I’ve had the privilege of appearing in all the cases (Jharkhand, Karnataka etc) and I hope Rohatgi’s best argument is not about maintainability: Singhvi
Singhvi demands a floor test in the assembly, says its the best way to decide complicated matters like this.
"How come Ajit Pawar becomes the Deputy CM with the support of only around 42-43 seats? It is the murder of democracy," Abhishek Manu Singhvi says in Supreme Court.
"When the announcement was made at 7 pm that we are staking claim to form govt and Uddhav Thackeray will lead it, couldn’t the Governor wait?"Abhishek Manu Singhvi, appearing for NCP-Congress, says in Supreme Court
Abhishek Manu Singhvi begins argument for NCP-Congress in SC, says "Obligations of Governor is to form a prima facie satisfaction of majority on a written document-document to have signatures, physical verification, satisfaction based on these things. This is the criterion."
Solicitor-General Tushar Mehta tells the top court that he is appearing as the SG and not on instructions from Governor.
If they have a majority, let them display. If they don't have it, allow us to form the government, Sibal argues before SC.
The people of Maharashtra need a government. When we are saying we have the majority we are ready to show it. We are ready to show the majority tomorrow: Sibal
The court should order floor test today itself, says Kapil Sibal in SC
We have seen this in Karnataka also. If they (BJP) have the majority, then let them show their majority, says Sibal
Swearing-in took place without any invitation. Nothing is public. Nothing is known to us. The act of Governor smacks of bias, malafide, violation of all norms of SC, says Sibal in SC
"What happened in Maharashtra was condemnable. I have not seen such things happening in the country. They revoked the President's Rule, no cabinet meeting. If there is no cabinet meeting, there must a national emergency," says Sibal.
'' I don’t know why there is hearing on Sunday, there should not be any hearing on Sunday. According to me, this matter (Shiv Sena-NCP-Congress' plea) should not be listed, says Mukul Rohatgi, appearing for Maharashtra BJP, in Supreme Court.
When the three parties had announced at 7 pm that they are forming govt, the act of Governor is biased, malafide, contrary to all laws established by this court, Sibal tells SC.
NCP, Congress, Shiv Sena agreed on a CMP and that Uddhav Thackeray will head the alliance as Maharashtra CM, Kapil Sibal tells SC.
Kapil Sibal says, "On 22.11.2019, at 7 pm a press conference was held where we said Shiv Sena, NCP and Congress have made a common minimum programme and that the government will be led by Uddav Thackeray."
At 5.17 am on Saturday, President's Rule was revoked and at 8 am, 2 persons were sworn-in as CM & Deputy CM. What documents were given? asks Sibal.
The majority is 145 seats in the state. The pre-poll alliance comes first. The pre-poll alliance broke down. Now, we are relying on post-poll alliance, says Kapil Sibal, who is representing Shiv Sena, tells Supreme Court.
Supreme Court's three-judge bench of Justice NV Ramana, Justice Ashok Bhushan and Justice Sanjiv Khanna has started hearing the joint plea of Shiv Sena, NCP & Congress against the decision of Maharashtra Governor inviting Devendra Fadnavis to form government yesterday.
SC begins hearing on NCP-Congress-Sena plea challenging Maharashtra govt formation.
Shiv Sena-NCP-Congress alliance has the number. Many MLAs who were led astray have come back. The rest of them will also come back. All our 44 MLAs are safe at the right place. We need not worry about anything: Ashok Chavan, Congress.
I met Sharad Pawar sa'ab. I have been told that the letter of the MLAs was misused by Ajit Pawar, the MLAs of Pawar sa'ab (Sharad Pawar) have denied giving any kind of support through that letter, they say their letter was misused: Ashok Chavan
Solicitor-General Tushar Mehta, Abhishek Manu Singhvi and Kapil Sibal have arrived for the hearing at the Supreme Court.
They say the swearing-in was done in the darkness of the night. We are people who go to 'shakha' early morning and that is 'Ram Prahar' (time) as per our belief. How would they, who forgot lord Ram, understand the importance of 'Ram Prahar'?: Ashish Shelar, BJP.
We will follow whatever the Supreme Court says but the Governor has given us time till 30th November, we will prove the majority with 170 MLAs or more than that: Ashish Shelar, BJP.
CBI, ED, Income Tax Department and Police are the four main party workers of BJP. The present Governor is also their worker. But BJP has got trapped in their own game now. It's the beginning of their end: Sanjay Raut.
49-50 MLAs of the party are with us right now, 1-2 are coming too. All the MLAs have been kept together here. NCP-Congress-Shiv Sena government will be formed in Maharashtra, 100% sure of it: Chhagan Bhujbal, NCP
Ajit Pawar took false documents to Raj Bhawan yesterday and Governor accepted those documents. Even if today, Governor asks us to prove majority, we can do it right now. 49 NCP MLAs are with us: Sanjay Raut
Sharad Pawar is a national leader. If BJP is trying to form govt, it will not happen. It is a wrong step taken by BJP and Ajit Pawar. 165 MLAs are with Shiv Sena, Congress and NCP: Sanjay Raut
NCP MLA Dilip Walse Patil reaches Maharashtra Deputy CM Ajit Pawar's residence to meet him.
NCP leader Ajit Pawar meets his supporters at his Churchgate residence, confident that BJP will clear the floor test.
NCP MLA Baban Shinde arrives at NCP chief Sharad Pawar's residence in Mumbai. He did not attend the NCP Legislative Party Meeting yesterday.
NCP chief Sharad Pawar has called a meeting of his MLAs around 2 pm after the top court's decision on NCP-Congress-Sena joint petition challenging the government formation in the state.
Congress MLAs are being shifted to JW Marriott Hotel in Andheri, says news agency ANI.
NCP leaders Chhagan Bhujbal, Jayant Patil arrive at Silver oak residence of Sharad Pawar for key meet ahead of SC hearing.
Senior advocate Mukul Rohatgi is set to appear for Maharashtra BJP in the Supreme Court today.
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Congress veterans and senior advocates Kapil Sibal and Abhishek Manu Singhvi are expected to appear for the Shiv Sena-NCP-Congress trio in the Supreme Court for the hearing, which is scheduled to begin at 11:30 am.
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The three parties have also demanded an "immediate floor test within 24 hours so as to avoid further horse-trading and illegal maneuvers to cobble up a majority from the MVA (Maha Vikas Aghadi)".
The petitioners alleged that the Governor has acted in a "partisan manner" and has allowed himself to be a "pawn in the BJP's illegal usurpation of power".
The three parties have sought a direction to the Governor to invite them to form the government under the leadership of Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray, saying they have the support of more than 144 MLAs.
The three parties had on Saturday moved the SC seeking an urgent hearing on their plea against what they called the "arbitrary and malafide actions/decisions" of Maharashtra Governor inviting Fadnavis to form the government on November 23.
The bench of Justice NV Ramana, Justice Ashok Bhushan and Justice Sanjiv Khanna will hear the joint petition of Shiv Sena, NCP and Congress challenging Governor's decision to swear-in Devendra Fadnavis as CM.
According to reports, the apex court is expected to take up the case for hearing around 11:30 am.
The Supreme Court is set to hear the urgent petition moved by Congress, Shiv Sena and the Nationalist Congress Party challenging Maharashtra Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari's move regarding government formation in the state.