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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 The swearing-in ceremony took place shortly after President’s Rule was repealed.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:

11:01 AM IST

'Attack on governor unfounded, floor test has to happen now'

Mukul Rohatgi says, "attack on governor unfounded, floor test has to happen, now. SC cannot decide when the floor test should take place, the governor has acted wisely."

10:59 AM IST

'Horse trading happening in NCP': Fadnavis lawyer

Mukul Rohatgi appearing for Fadnavis says, "horse trading is happening in NCP between Ajit pawar and Sharad Pawar.

Rohatgi adds, "the governor acted like a reasonable person and correctly."

10:57 AM IST

'This is family feud, not concerned with that'

Appearing for Devendra Fadnavis, Mukul Rohatgi said that the NCP Legislative Party Leader showed me (Fadnavis) letter of support of 54 MLAs. Based on that we went to the Governor. "One Pawar is with me. The other Pawar has approached court. That is their family feud. I am not concerned with that", Rohatgi said on behalf of Fadnavis.

10:52 AM IST

Guv had no reason to disbelieve Ajit Pawar: SG to Court

SG Tushar Mehta tell court that the Governor had no reason to disbelieve him (Ajit Pawar). The Solicitor General is appearing for the secretary of governor.

10:51 AM IST

'Note you have support of 170 MLAs': Guv's letter to Fadnavis

The governor in his letter to Fadnavis, said, "I have received letter from you .... you have also shown support of 11 MLAs independent and letter from NCP showing support of 54 MLAs. Thus, I note that you have support of 170 MLAs, (and so) I invite you to form the government." : SG tells court

10:47 AM IST

'Ajit Pawar's letter said they have decided to support BJP'

Tushar Mehta says, "Pawar's letter of Nov 22 says they have decided to support fully the government under the BJP, under Fadnavis, and we will join the government"

10:45 AM IST

SG seeks time to file reply to questions which 'need to be discussed'

Solicitor General Tushar Mehta to SC: "Shiv Sena has 56, NCP 54, INC 44 seats. There was talk about horse trading but the governor possibly felt that the entire stable is stolen. I'm seeking time to file reply as there are questions which need to be discussed."

10:44 AM IST

'Guv received letter of support from Ajit Pawar on Nov 22': SG

Solicitor General Mehta says the governor received a letter of support from Ajit Pawar on Nov 22, with signatures of 54 MLAs.

10:42 AM IST

SG submits governor's letter to the court

"The Governor invited three parties to form government. Since the three parties said they were not in a position to form the govt, President's rule was imposed," Tushar Mehta tells the SC bench.

He submits the governor's letter to the court.

10:37 AM IST

SG says he has copy of governor's decision

Solicitor General Tushar Mehta tell the court he has got a copy of decision of governor.

10:36 AM IST

SC hearing on NCP-Sena-Cong petition begins

SC hearing on joint petition by NCP-Congress-Shiv Sena has begun. Kapil Sibal (representing Shiv Sena) and Abhishek Manu Singhvi (representing Congress-NCP), Mukul Rohatgi (representing Maharashtra BJP) and Solicitor General Tushar Mehta are present in the court room.

10:33 AM IST

Guv was right in inviting Fadnavis to form govt: Maha BJP lawyer Mukul Rohatgi

Mukul Rohatgi, appearing for Maharashtra BJP in the Supreme Court, said, "Record of the governor is to be placed (in the court). I've seen that along with letter of Fadnavis, there was a letter by Ajit Pawar as head of legislative party with signatures of all NCP MLAs. The governor was right in granting an invitation to him (Fadnavis) to form the government."

10:30 AM IST

'BJP has misused its power': NCP chief Sharad Pawar

NCP chief Sharad Pawar has alleged that the BJP has misused its power at the Centre and the position of the Governor in Maharashtra for government formation. Speaking to the press at Karad, Pawar said, "BJP has formed a government in the state without having majority figure. They have misused the power in Centre and the Governor's position to get this done."

10:26 AM IST

'Incumbent govt is definitely going to fall': Cong

"The Congress, Shiv Sena and the NCP delegations with their respective leaders have called on Governor at Raj Bhavan to register their claim to form the government in future as the incumbent government is definitely going to fall. State must not get President Rule again": Sachin Sawant, state Congress spokesperson

10:22 AM IST

Cong, NCP, Sena leaders reach governor's residence

Congress leaders Ashok Chavan and Balasaheb Thorat, NCP leader Jayant Patil, and Sena leader Eknath Shinde reach Governor House in Mumbai.

<p>Cong, NCP, Sena leaders reach governor's residence</p>
Congress leader Ashok Chavan

First published: Nov 25, 2019 09:32 IST