Maharashtra live: Shiv Sena-NCP-Congress show their strength, MLAs took oath to remain united

The Supreme Court (SC) on Monday heard a petition against Maharashtra Governor's decision to revoke President's rule in the state and anoint Fadnavis as CM and Pawar his deputy respectively. The court on Sunday issued notices to the Centre, Fadnavis and Ajit Pawar on petitions filed by Shiv Sena-Congress-NCP combine. The apex court reserved its verdict for Tuesday at 10.30 am.

Maharashtra live: Shiv Sena-NCP-Congress show their strength, MLAs took oath to remain united
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In a massive turn of events, BJP's Devendra Fadnavis has been sworn-in as the Chief Minister of Maharashtra and NCP's Ajit Pawar as Deputy CM, after a month-long drama in Maharashtra politics. The development came after all the parties in the state--BJP, Congress, NCP, and Shiv Sena, were given a chance by Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari to form the government, failing which President Rule was imposed. on Saturday morning 

The Supreme Court (SC) on Monday heard a petition against Maharashtra Governor's decision to revoke President's rule in the state and anoint Fadnavis as CM and Pawar his deputy respectively. The court on Sunday issued notices to the Centre, Fadnavis and Ajit Pawar on petitions filed by Shiv Sena-Congress-NCP combine. The apex court reserved its verdict for Tuesday at 10.30 am.

After oath-taking, Ajit Pawar claimed that he has the support of a few other NCP MLAs, all of them believed to be with him was present at the party meet with Sharad Pawar on Sunday evening. The BJP won 105 seats in the 288-member assembly followed by Shiv Sena 56, NCP 54 and Congress 44. 

Here are the live updates:

25 November 2019
20:45 PM

NCP's Nawab Malik, said, ''BJP still has a chance to save its honour. Ajit Pawar is a part of our party, he is part of the Pawar family. We are trying that he comes back to NCP & admits his mistake.''

 

20:24 PM

BJP leader Ashish Shelar, after the Shiv Sena-NCP-Congress MLAs parade, said, ''Identification parade is done in case of accused persons, not in case of elected MLAs. It is an insult to the MLAs and the people who elected them.''

20:20 PM

NCP leader Jayant Patil, said, '' I am confident that in the floor test, all these 162 MLAs will vote against the present government of Maharashtra. Then, a new government will be formed.''

20:20 PM

Shiv Sena-NCP-Congress MLAs took a pledge, saying "I swear that under the leadership of Sharad Pawar, Uddhav Thackeray and Sonia Gandhi, I will be honest to my party. I won't get lured by anything. I will not do anything which will benefit BJP."

20:13 PM

Ajit Pawar glued to TV set witnessing the parade of Shiv Sena-NCP-Congress MLAs at his Churchgate residence, said sources. 

20:06 PM

MLAs of Shiv Sena-NCP-Congress thronged at Hotel Grand Hyatt, took an oath to stand together. 

20:03 PM

NCP Chief Sharad Pawar assured MLAs, ''There will not be any problem in proving our majority. The one who is suspended from the party cannot give any orders. On the day of floor test, I will bring more than 162 MLAs. This is not Goa, this is Maharashtra.'' 

 

 

20:00 PM

NCP chief Sharad Pawar told MLAs at Hotel Grand Hyatt, "We are here together for people of Maharashtra. A government was formed in state without majority. Karnataka, Goa, & Manipur, BJP didn't have a majority anywhere but formed government.'' He added, '' This alliance is in favour of Maharashtra,'' while criticising the BJP. 

 

19:58 PM

Shiv Sena's Uddhav Thackeray told MLAs, ''Our fight is not just for power, our fight is for 'Satyamev Jayate.' The more you try to break us, the more we will unite.''

19:54 PM

Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackrey said, ''Truth will prevail, we have arrived here to show our strength.''

19:53 PM

Congress leader Ashok Chavan in his address to the assembled MLAs in Hotel Grand Hyatt, said, "We are more than 162, not just 162. We all will be a part of the government. I thank Sonia Gandhi who allowed for this alliance to stop BJP. Governor should invite us to form the govt."
 

19:30 PM

'Long live Maha Vikas Aghadi' slogans raised at the hall in Hotel Grand Hyatt where the MLAs of Shiv Sena-NCP-Congress have assembled.

 

19:16 PM

Congress leaders including Mallikarjun Kharge and Ashok Chavan arrive at Hotel Grand Hyatt where Shiv Sena-NCP-Congress MLAs have assembled for the parade. 

 

18:59 PM

Uddhav Thackeray arrives at Hotel Grand Hyatt, MLAs parade to begin shortly. 

18:54 PM

MLAs from Shiv Sena-NCP-Congress to assemble shortly at Hotel Grand Hyatt, preparations underway. 

18:33 PM

Three Shiv Sena MPs Arvind Sawant, Gajanan Kirtikar and Rahul Shewale meet Sonia Gandhi to discuss Maharashtra government formation. It is being assumed that these leaders were sent by UddhavThackeray to communicate his political message to Congress interim president Sonia Gandhi. 

 

18:28 PM

Congress leader Ahmed Patel to hold a meeting with all the opposition parties to bring a mutual solution to the ongoing political scenario in Maharashtra. 

18:21 PM

NCP leaders Sharad Pawar and Supriya Sule arrive at Grand Hyatt Hotel ahead of the MLAs parade. 

18:20 PM

Names of six senior-most Maharashtra MLAs sent to Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari for the post of pro-tem speaker. The names of the MLAs include: Radhakrishna Vikhe Patil, Kalidas Kolambkar, Babanrao Pachpute, Balasaheb Thorat, KC Padvi, Dilip Walse-Patil.

 

17:56 PM

Congress and its allies to boycott the Constitution Day program, on November 26. 

17:45 PM

Shiv Sena leaders Uddhav Thackeray and Aditya Thackeray to be present during the MLAs parade at Hotel Grand Hyatt, Mumbai. 

17:34 PM

162 MLAs of Shiv Sena-NCP-Congress to cite their names and constituencies during the parade at Hotel Grand Hyatt, Mumbai. 

17:32 PM

Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut tags Maharashtra governor in his tweet, asking him to come and watch all the 162 MLAs together at Grand Hayat at 7 pm. 

16:57 PM

Maharashtra politics: Shiv Sena-NCP-Congress will parade their 162 MLAs at 7 pm in Hotel Grand Hyatt, Mumbai, said sources.

16:56 PM

BJP leader Raosaheb Patil Danve, said, ''There is no 'Operation Lotus', we have enough MLAs for the majority, we are not threatening any MLA. He denied all the allegations of Sanjay Raut and said, '' His allegations are false, after a few days he will have to be sent to a mental hospital.''

 

16:43 PM

Senior Congress leader Salman Khurshid slams BJP on Maharashtra government formation and said, '' Let Supreme Court take its time and we hope it will come up with some valid solution tomorrow (November 25). Whatever is happening in Maharashtra is wrong for a democratic country like India. BJP has a strong government in the centre still they are playing political games in Maharashtra.''

16:42 PM

Maharashtra Anti Corruption Bureau (ACB) DG, Parambir Singh informed Zee News that none of the corruption cases that were closed today are related to Maharashtra Deputy Chief Minister, Ajit Pawar.

15:47 PM

According to highly placed sources in Maharashtra Anti Corruption Bureau (ACB), Deputy CM Ajit Pawar has been given clean chit in nine corruption cases. However, none of these belongs to the alleged irrigation case. The sources added that the cases that were closed today were conditional and can reopen if more information comes to light or courts order further inquiry, said an ANI report.

 

15:32 PM

Congress party under the leadership of  Sonia Gandhi to stage a protest near Mahatma Gandhi statue, on Tuesday (November 25) at 10 am. 

15:29 PM

Maharashtra  Deputy CM Ajit Pawar met BJP leaders and former cabinet ministers Ram Shinde, Babanrao Pachupte at Vidhan Bhawan

14:56 PM

Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis met his Deputy, Ajit Pawar, at the former`s residence to discuss various measures for additional support and assistance for farmers affected by unseasonal rain in the state. In a tweet, the Chief Minister`s Office (CMO) said that further discussions will be held with the state Chief Secretary and Finance Secretary. "Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis and Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar today met and discussed on various measures for additional support and assistance to unseasonal rain affected farmers. Tomorrow it will be further discussed with the Chief Secretary and Finance Secretary," the CMO tweeted.

14:54 PM

BJP MLA Ashish Shelar said that in order to `mislead` the people of Maharashtra, Congress, NCP and Shiv Sena have submitted a letter to the Governor, claiming to form a government in the state. "Via the medium of television, we got to know that Congress, NCP and Shiv Sena have claimed to form the government at Raj Bhavan today. The letter submitted by these parties is nothing but a way to mislead the people of Maharashtra," said Shelar. "Today these parties (Shiv Sena, Congress and NCP) did not mention that in whose leadership are they going to or they want to form the government. They haven`t even decided about that. That`s a letter of cheating and fraud," he added."

14:53 PM

Rashtriya Janata-Dal (RJD) leader Tejaswi Yadav attacked the BJP over the political crisis in Maharashtra and said it was playing the same game as it had in Bihar. "Just like Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar and BJP had played the game in Bihar, the party is doing the same in Maharashtra now. It is a complete murder of democracy and disrespects the people`s mandate in Maharashtra," Yadav told ANI. He further emphasised that a floor test for the new government should be held immediately. "When everyone knew that the opposition, i.e. Shiv Sena, NCP and Congress were going to form the government and had almost chosen their chief ministerial candidate, then why did BJP`s Devendra Fadnavis take the oath in a rush," he added.

14:48 PM

Anil Patil, NCP MLA who was reportedly missing & brought to Mumbai from Delhi by NCP leaders said, "When we reached hotel (in Delhi) at least 100-200 BJP workers were present there along with a lot of police cars & personnel in civil dress, we were scared. We told Sharad Pawar sa'ab that we want to return & stay with the party, he assured us that we will be brought back and made the necessary arrangements."

14:48 PM
14:31 PM

BJP-Shiv Sena got mandate to form govt with Devendra Fadnavis as CM. It's the Congress that is murdering democracy and questioning us on the same. BJP's win in state is both moral & political victory, which Congress is trying to hijack: Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad

14:01 PM

Congress MLAs Vijay Wadettiwar and Nana Patole present at JW Marriott where Congress MLAs have been lodged.

13:58 PM

Congress leader K C Padvi said, "Protem Speaker will be Balasaheb Thorat."

13:42 PM

Maharastra CM Devendra Fadnavis’ first signature of this tenure was done on a Chief Minister Relief Fund cheque, on reaching ministry, which was handed over to Kusum Vengurlekar.

12:35 PM

"There were talks between Shiv Sena and NCP for the post of the CM for two and a half years each. We had demanded the CM post for two-and-a-half-years but an agreement wasn't reached," said Sharad Pawar in Karad of Satara district.

12:34 PM

We've given the letter of support of 162 MLAs to Governor. In democracy, only the majority number holds importance. We want that the minority govt formed on November 23, should resign as they can't prove majority. Those with the majority should be given opportunity: Shiv Sena's Eknath Shinde. 

12:22 PM

Meeting continue between Ajit Pawar, and Chhagan Bhujbal, Sunil Tatkare, Dilip Valse Patil at Vidhan Bhawan to pursue him to come back to NCP.

12:21 PM

The strength wise distribution of 162 MLAs:

Shiv Sena: 56
Congress: 44
NCP: 51 (NCP has 51 of 54 MLAs)
Others (smaller parties + ind): 11

12:00 PM

NCP's Jayant Patil said, "Today morning at 10 am, Shinde ji, Thorat ji, Chavan ji, Vinayak Raut ji, Azmi ji, KC Padvi and I - on behalf of NCP, gave a letter to Governor showing strength of 162 MLAs. The current government in Maharashtra has been formed on the basis of false papers and documents."

11:55 AM

There is a possibility of sending Shiv Sena MLAs from Lalit Hotel to another hotel, Hotel Lemon Tree and two luxury buses have been arranged for it, according to sources.

11:50 AM

After hearing both sides, the Supreme Court reserved its order on Maharashtra floor test for Tuesday (November 26) at 10.30 am.

11:39 AM

"The "how" of the floor test is important here. Regardless of the party, the Senior most member of the House should be appointed Protem Speaker. Floor test should be held immediately thereafter. "Immediately" is important! It is for the purpose to preserve the purity of democracy that every order passed by the Supreme Court in the past has held that floor test to be held within 24 hours" added Singvi.

11:32 AM

Leaders of Congress, NCP and Shiv Sena arrived at the Raj Bhavan and the leaders of the three parties submitted to the officials letter of MLAs supporting their alliance. Following this, state Congress spokesperson Sachin Sawant tweeted, "The @INCMaharashtra, @ShivSena and @NCPspeaks delegation with their respective leaders have called on Governor at Rajbhavan to register its claim to form the govt in future as the incumbent govt is definitely going to fall. State must not get President`s Rule again."

11:24 AM

Abhishek Manu Singhvi appearing for NCP said, "Today there is a peculiar case before your lordships that both sides agree that there should be a floor test. The question is a narrow one - As to when the floor test should be held? There was a list of signatures (of 54 NCP MLAs), but did it say that the MLAs were agreeing to support the BJP. There can be signatures without a covering letter. This is a murder of democracy!"

11:24 AM

Solicitor General Tushar Mehta, for Maharashtra Governor, said, "Grant us 2-3 days' time and let us file a reply. The Governor has in absolute discretion invited the largest party on November 23."

11:23 AM

Justice Sanjiv Khanna says, while citing the past judgement of the court in similar cases, floor test was done in 24 hours in most of the cases, in some - 48 hours.

11:23 AM

Kapil Sibal recounts the events that transpired on Friday and Saturday as regards announcement of the common minimum programme and swearing in. "When the Governor waited for so many days, what was the emergency that required revocation of President's Rule at 5.47 in the morning and installing a Govt at 8 am. Everything happened between 7 PM on Friday and 5AM on Saturday morning. This was done to preempt forming of the Govt of the three party alliance Shiv Sena, NCP and Congress," said Sibal.

11:15 AM

Ajit Pawar acted as the Leader of the NCP and there is nothing to the contrary to show that I was not the NCP leader on November 22: Maninder Singh

11:11 AM

Senior Counsel Maninder Singh makes submissions on behalf of Maharashtra Deputy CM Ajit Pawar.

11:08 AM

BJP has support of 54 NCP MLAs: SG Mehta tells SC

11:07 AM

Congress Interim President Sonia Gandhi leads party's protest in Parliament premises over Maharashtra government formation issue.

11:04 AM

Can one party say that we have somehow managed the flock together and if the floor test doesn't take place in 24 hours, they'll go away?, says SG Tushar Mehta

11:03 AM

The procedure of the Assembly is Protem Speaker will be appointed, he will administer oath to the MLAs, they will then elect a speaker and then the floor test will be conducted: Rohatgi tells SC

10:57 AM

Maharashtra Governor acted reasonably because he acted on the material placed before him: Rohatgi tells SC

10:56 AM

Through the weekend some NCP MLAs went with Ajit Pawar and Fadnavis and now these MLAs are supporting NCP chief Sharad Pawar: Rohatgi tells SC

10:55 AM

Senior Counsel Mukul Rohatgi, who is appearing for Maharashtra CM Devendra Fadnavis, begins to make his submissions.

10:55 AM

Governor invited BJP to form Govt and has given them time till Nov 30 to prove majority. But now such time has come that the post poll alliance is seeking floor test immediately in 24 hours: SG Mehta tells Supreme Court 

10:54 AM

SG Tushar Mehta reads out the letter that Devendra Fadnavis had placed before the Governor. This letter also mentions the letter written by Ajit Pawar extending support of 54 NCP MLAs. Based on this material, Fadnavis staked claim to form government in Maharashtra.

10:51 AM

Letter by Congress-NCP -Shiv Sena given at Raj Bhawan staking claim to form government, saying that the present govt doesn't have the numbers.

10:46 AM

Letter was given by Ajit Pawar on November 22. The letter says that all the elected MLAs had elected me as the head of the NCP. The list of 54 elected NCP MLAs was attached to the letter and NCP extended its support to the BJP: Solicitor General Tushar Mehta

 
10:44 AM

Solicitor General Tushar Mehta begins to make his submissions, apprises the Court of the series of events that took place as regards invitation to form government. He said he's arguing for the Secretary to the Governor. 

"Shiv Sena has 56, NCP 54, INC 44 seats. There was talk about horse trading but Guv possibly felt that entire stability is stolen. I'm seeking time to file reply as there are questions which need to be discussed. I have the original documents with me," said Solicitor General Mehta.

10:44 AM

Bench headed by Justice NV Ramana and comprising of Ashok Bhushan and Sanjiv Khanna assembles. 

10:37 AM

Senior Counsel Kapil Sibal and Abhishek Manu Singhvi, SG Tushar Mehta and Mukul Rohatgi in the Courtroom.

10:32 AM

The Supreme Court hearing on Maharashtra floor test decision begins.

10:32 AM

Hearing in Supreme Court, on petition jointly filed by the NCP-Congress and Shiv Sena against the formation of BJP-led government in Maharashtra, to begin shortly.

10:29 AM

Attacking the BJP over not giving importance to the farmers in Maharashtra, Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi said the BJP is defying the institutions and constitution in the state, and questioned if the party is "abducting" the public mandate. In a tweet in Hindi, she also said that 12,000 farmers committed suicide in Maharashtra and "for them, no help came from the BJP government". "TV is showing that the BJP is trying to repeat the game of Karnataka, while defying the institutions and constitution in Maharashtra. Have we reached the stage of open abduction of the public mandate?" she said.

10:18 AM

"BJP doesn't have majority, a Shiv Sena-NCP-Congress govt will be formed in Maharashtra," said Sharad Pawar.

10:17 AM

On question of sacking Ajit Pawar, senior Pawar said, “It will be decided by party after meeting and can't be single person's decision. It has to be party decdion. Party will do a meeting and decide about it."

10:17 AM

What Ajit Pawar did was not NCP's decision, it was his personal decision. One person can't take decision: Sharad Pawar

10:14 AM

NCP and Shiv Sena leaders reach Raj Bhawan to submit letters.

10:09 AM

On asking about the delay in govt formation, Pawar said, "Congress-NCP and Shiv Sena have different ideologies and Shiv Sena a separate one. In such a situation there was a need to sit and talk about it and a programme was being prepared."

10:01 AM

I'm not aware of the reports that Ajit Pawar will be made the Maharashtra Chief Minister for 2.5 years, said Sanjay Raut

09:56 AM

Devendra Fadanvis and Ajit Pawar to take charge of office as Maharashtra chief minister and deputy chief minister at 10 am. They took oath on Saturday and Monday is the first working day and so they will visit their respective offices.

09:55 AM

We have support of 165 MLAs. 53 NCP MLAs are with us. Ajit Pawar has done a mistake, he should resign. Devendra Fadnavis must realise that he does not have a majority. He should realise that he has made a mistake. If he doesn't resign, we will certainly defeat the government on the floor of the House: NCP leader Nawab Malik

09:19 AM

Maharashtra Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari to reach Rajbhawan at 12 noon on Monday (November 25). He is currently in Delhi.
 

09:07 AM

Senior NCP leader Chhagan Bhujbal reaches Maharashtra Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar's residence to talk to him.

09:01 AM

Binoy Viswam Rajya Sabha MP from CPI has given notice of suspension of Business under rule 267 in Rajyasabha over Maharashtra government formation.

08:51 AM

After SC hearing, NCP, Congress and Shiv Sena leaders will meet Maharashtra governor. After meeting, they will submit a letter, showing the support of 160 MLAs, to the Governor.

08:51 AM

Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) leader Nawab Malik said, "52 MLAs of the party have come back to us, one more is in touch with us."

08:50 AM

Out of the 4 MLAs of NCP, who were reportedly missing, Nitin Pawar reached Mumbai on Sunday and another MLA Narhari Zirwal is currently at a safe location in Delhi. Two other MLAs Anil Patil and Daulat Daroda were brought to Mumbai, by a flight on Sunday night, by NCP leaders President of NCP's Nationalist Student Congress Sonia Doohan and President of NCP's Nationalist Youth Congress Dheeraj Sharma. The two MLAs were staying in a hotel in Haryana's Gurugram.

08:43 AM

"We are here (Hyatt Hotel) to meet our party MLAs. Only one or two of our party MLAs are not here," said NCP's Chhagan Bhujbal. 

"Two parties have been formed. Pawar Sahab is also keeping forward his views like him (Ajit Pawar). People will understand what is right and wrong," he added when asked,"what is your view on the Twitter war between Sharad Pawar & Ajit Pawar".

08:40 AM

Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) Chief Sharad Pawar leaves for Karad to attend an event on the death anniversary of former Maharashtra chief minister Yashwantrao Chavan.

08:38 AM

NCP's Jayant Patil on Devendra Fadnavis and Ajit Pawar's meeting, "A govt that was formed at night,will cease to be at night. Only Chief Minister & Deputy Chief Minister are there so they are meeting each other. They both will divide all the portfolios among themselves."

08:38 AM

The Supreme Court will hear a petition against Maharashtra Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari's decision to revoke President's rule in the state and anoint Devendra Fadnavis as Chief Minister and Ajit Pawar as his deputy respectively. The court on Sunday issued notices to the Centre, Fadnavis and Ajit Pawar on petitions filed by Shiv Sena-Congress-NCP combine. A three-judge bench headed by Justice NV Ramana will commence hearing on the matter at 10.30 am and is expected to pass its verdict before 12 noon. The apex court on Sunday had asked the Solicitor General, Tushar Mehta, to produce before it on Monday morning two letters--showing proof of the Governor of Maharashtra inviting BJP to form the government and the letter of support, used by Fadnavis for staking claim to form the government in the state.

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