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Maharashtra govt formation Updates: Sena leaders celebrate in Parliament premise

Pro-tem speaker Kalidas Kolambkar administered oath to newly-elected MLAs of Maharashtra in a special session of the assembly on Wednesday.

By HT Correspondent | Updated: Nov 27, 2019 14:01 IST
Maharashtra govt formation Updates: Sena leaders celebrate in Parliament premise
Members of Shiv Sena celebrated in Parliament, Nov 27, 2019.

A special session of Maharshtra assembly was held on Wednesday where the newly-elected MLAs were administered the oath of office. Pro-tem speaker Kalidas Kolambkar administered the oath.

The special assembly session, which began a little after 8am, was called by governor BD Koshyari after the Supreme Court on Tuesday, hearing a petition by the NCP, Sena and Congress, asked him to appoint a pro-tem speaker and ensure all elected members of the House are sworn in on Wednesday itself by 5 pm. The petition had challenged the governor's decision to install a Devendra Fadnavis-led government on November 23.

However, the BJP-led government in Maharashtra collapsed on Tuesday as chief minister Fadnavis admitted his administration didn’t command a majority and resigned, capping 80 dramatic hours in which dissident Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) leader Ajit Pawar broke ranks and took oath as deputy CM, only to find himself unable to muster the required support.

The fall of the four-day-old government came hours after the Supreme Court ordered a floor test by 5pm on Wednesday, and paved the way for an Opposition coalition of the Shiv Sena, NCP and Congress — the Maharashtra Vikas Aghadi — stake claim to power.

Here are the updates:

08:06 AM IST

Former CM Fadnavis arrives at assembly

Former chief minister Devendra Fadnavis arrives at the assembly, ahead of the first session of the new assembly.

<p>Former CM Fadnavis arrives at assembly</p>
NCP leader Supriya Sule and former Maharashtra chief minister Devendra Fadnavis arrive at the assembly, November 27, 2019.
07:58 AM IST

Aaditya Thackeray offers prayers at Siddhivinayak Temple

Shiv Sena leader Aaditya Thackeray offered prayers at Siddhivinayak Temple, ahead of the first session of new assembly on Wednesday. The MLAs will be administered oath by pro-tem speakaer from 8am onwards in the special session of Maharashtra assembly.

<p>Aaditya Thackeray offers prayers at Siddhivinayak Temple</p>
Shiv Sena MP Aaditya Thackeray offered prayers at Mumbai's Siddhivinayak Temple ahead of the special assembly session, Nov 27, 2019.

First published: Nov 27, 2019 07:51 IST