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Sunday, Dec 08, 2019

Highlights| 'We think Ajit Pawar must've been pressured', says Sanjay Raut

  • The SC heard, for the second day, the NCP-Cong-Sena plea on government formation in Maharashtra. The issue was also raised by the Opposition in the Parliament on Monday.
By HT Correspondent | Updated: Nov 26, 2019 07:48 IST
Highlights| 'We think Ajit Pawar must've been pressured', says Sanjay Raut
Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut

The row over government formation in Maharashtra was taken up in the Supreme Court and the Parliament on Monday.

A three-judge bench of the apex court resumed hearing of the NCP-Congress-Shiv Sena plea against the formation of BJP-led government in the state. On Sunday, the bench directed the Centre to produce before it on Monday, documents pertaining to the swearing-in of Devendra Fadnavis as Maharashtra chief minister after the NCP, Congress and Sena challenged governor BD Koshyari's decision to invite the Bharatiya Janata Party to form the government in the state a day earlier.

The three parties claimed they have 154 lawmakers in the assembly and added that Fadnavis was sworn in during a “make-shift and a hurriedly convened swearing-in ceremony”.

The apex court later reserved its ruling on floor test in the Maharashtra assembly for Tuesday morning.

In Parliament, the Opposition, led by the Congress, raised the issue of the Maharashtra government formation.

Devendra Fadnavis was sworn-in as the chief minister by governor Koshyari on Saturday morning along with Ajit Pawar as the deputy CM, hours after NCP chief Sharad Pawar announced that Shiv Sena leader Uddhav Thackeray would head the Maha Vikas Aghadi coalition government of the three parties. The swearing-in ceremony took place shortly after President’s Rule was repealed.

Here are the updates:

02:04 PM IST

'We were scared', says NCP MLA Anil Patil who went missing

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

01:46 PM IST

'Ajit Pawar must have been pressured': Sena's Sanjay Raut

Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut said, "We are on the side of truth and we are certain that truth will prevail. We will win in the court and in Vidhan Bhavan."

He said, "We think that Ajit Pawar must have been pressured."

01:44 PM IST

Sena MLAs shifted to another hotel in Mumbai

Shiv Sena MLAs leave from The Lalit Hotel as they are shifted to Lemon Tree Premier Hotel at Marol,Andheri.

<p>Sena MLAs shifted to another hotel in Mumbai</p>
Shiv Sena MLAs being taken to Hotel Lemon Tree Premier in Andheri, Nov 25, 2019.
01:16 PM IST

'Can't convert LS into a place of violence': Prasad slams Cong MPs

Speaking to media persons outside the Parliament, the RS Prasda said, "the Speaker appealed to two Congress members to remove the banner but they did not accede. Thereafter, their behaviour with the marshals is totally condemnable."

Lok Sabha is a place for debate and questioning. But you can't convert the Lok Sabha in a place of violence, Prasad added.

01:09 PM IST

'Cong, not BJP, 'murdered' democracy in Maharashtra: RS Prasad

"Congress, not BJP, 'murdered' democracy in Maharashtra by stealing people's mandate in league with Shiv Sena": Ravi Shankar Prasad.

He said, "BJP-Shiv Sena got mandate to form government 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 and political victory, which Congress is trying to hijack Maharashtra."


12:54 PM IST

Thane voter moves HC on Maharashtra govt formation

A woman voter on Monday moved the Bombay High Court seeking a direction to the BJP and Shiv Sena to stand by their pre-poll alliance and form government in Maharashtra, saying got the "public mandate", reports news agency PTI.

Priya Chauhan, a resident of Thane district, in her petition also sought a direction to the Centre and the state to refrain from appointing anyone as chief minister from the post-election alliance of the Sena- NCP-Congress, and BJP-Ajit Pawar.

The plea also sought an FIR to be filed against the BJP and Shiv Sena for failing to form government, saying it amounts to breach of trust of the voters and cheating.

"Both the BJP and Shiv Sena have betrayed the trust of voters. They have not complied with their promises and post elections changed their alliances," the plea said.

The petition will come up for hearing in due course.

12:51 PM IST

Sena MLAs being moved to another hotel in Mumbai

Shiv Sena legislators are being moved to Hotel Lemon Tree in Andheri east. The booking at Hotel Lalit, where they were put up since Friday, could not be extended as the hotel had prior bookings.

12:21 PM IST

'100% believe we'll prove majority in floor test': Randeep Surjewala

Randeep Singh Surjewala said, "we hope that the Ganges of democracy will stay clean and the alliance which has absolute majority will prove it on the floor of the house. We 100% believe that we'll prove majority."

12:20 PM IST

Party will decide if Ajit Pawar should be expelled': Sharad Pawar

NCP chief Sharad Pawar, when asked if Ajit Pawar will be expelled from party: This is not something for which a single individual takes a decision, it has to be decided by the party when the matter comes before it, reports ANI.

12:16 PM IST

'Floor test should be done in 24 hrs': Cong' Prithviraj Chavan

Senior Congress leader and former Maharashtra CM Prithivraj Chavan is addressing media in New Delhi. Says, "floor test is the only way to decide who has the majority. It should be done in 24 hours."

Requests SC to order conducting floor test at the earliest.

12:13 PM IST

'Will meet Ajit Pawar one last time to convince him to return to party': NCP's Jayant Patil

"I will meet Ajit Pawar to convince him for one last time to return to the party," says Jayant Patil.

He adds, "we are ready to produce all 162 MLAs before the Governor."

12:11 PM IST

'51 of 54 NCP MLAs have signed our letter of support: Jayant Patil

Jayant Patil of the NCP saids, "We suspect that if Fadnavis government fails to prove the majority, there could be dissolution of the assembly. To avoid this, we have brought our resolve on record."

He said, "Except Ajit Pawar, Anna Bansod and Dharmarav Atram, 51 of 54 NCP MLAs have signed (our) support letter."

He added, "except for Ajit Pawar, other two are in touch with us."

12:07 PM IST

'Fadnavis should resign immediately': Eknath Shinde

Shiv Sena leader Eknath Shinde says, "the swearing in of Fadnavis as the CM is the mockery of the democracy. The Majority and the people's mandate should be respected."

He adds, "Fadnavis should resign immediately as he does not have the required numbers."

12:00 PM IST

'We are staking claim to form govt': NCP-Sena-Cong delegation

Jayant Patil of the NCP says,"The Devendra Fadnavis government doesn't have majority. We have the support of 162 MLAs including the members of smaller parties and seven independents. We suspect that Fadnavis will recommend dissolution of assembly after losing floor test, so we are staking claim."

11:58 AM IST

NCP-Sena-Cong delegation addressing media

Ashok Chavan, Jayant Patil, Eknath Shinde and Balasaheb Thorat are addressing to media outside Governor House in Mumbai.

<p>NCP-Sena-Cong delegation addressing media</p>
NCP-Sena-Congress delegation addressing media outside Raj Bhawan, November 25, 2019.

First published: Nov 25, 2019 09:32 IST