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 The swearing-in ceremony took place shortly after President’s Rule was repealed.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

10:17 AM IST

Sena leader Sanjay Raut says 4 people in 'Op Kamal'

Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut says the NCP, Shiv Sena and Congress will meet Governor today. He said, "There are four people in 'Operation Kamal'. CBI, ED, Income Tax department and Police carried out 'Operation Kamal'. But it will not yield any result here. If you have the majority then why do you need an 'Operation Kamal'?"

10:13 AM IST

'Fadnavis should realise he has made a mistake': NCP's Nawab Malik

NCP leader Nawab Malik said on Monday that Devendra Fadnavis should realise he has made a mistake. "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," said Malik.

10:11 AM IST

We'll seriously raise Maharashtra issue in Parliament: Cong leader K Suresh

K Suresh, Congress leader said after the party's Parliamentary Strategy Group meet, "We will seriously raise issue of Maharashtra. We'll stall proceedings in both Houses. The government is killing democracy from Arunachal to Goa, now Karnataka and then Maharashtra. We've already discussed with like-minded parties".

10:07 AM IST

Sena leader Anil Desai arrives at SC

Shiv Sena leader Anil Desai arrives at the Supreme Court ahead of the resumption of hearing by an apex court bench of the petition jointly filed by the NCP-Congress and Shiv Sena against the formation of BJP-led government in Maharashtra.

<p>Sena leader Anil Desai arrives at SC</p>
Shiv Sena leader Anil Desai arrives at Supreme Court
10:04 AM IST

NCP-Cong-Sena likely to meet Guv with list of MLAs

Just hours before the SC resumed hearing of the petition on Maharashtra, leaders from Shiv Sena, Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) and Congress were likely to meet governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari with a list of legislators supporting the alliance, leaders familiar with the development said.

10:01 AM IST

Maharashtra govt formation issue to be raised in RS and LS

Rajya Sabha MP Binoy Viswam has given Suspension of Business Notice in Rajya Sabha under rule 267 over 'Maharashtra government formation'.

Leader of Congress in Lok Sabha, Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury, and Congress' Chief Whip in Lok Sabha, K Suresh have given adjournment motion notice in the House on #Maharashtra issue. (

First published: Nov 25, 2019 09:32 IST