SC issues notices to Centre, Maharashtra government, Fadnavis, Ajit Pawar

Mumbai Newly-sworn in Chief Minister of Maharashtra Devendra Fadnavis shakes hands with his Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar in Mumbai Saturday Nov. 23 2019

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Late on Friday, the Shiv Sena, Congress and NCP had finalized their coalition with Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray as chief minister, and made a decision to meet the governor on Saturday; however, before the alliance could make its move, Fadnavis claimed majority support, following which President's rule was lifted, and the oath of office administered to him and Ajit Pawar early on Saturday morning. The court also issued notices to the Centre, Fadnavis, rebel Nationalist Congress Party leader Ajit Pawar and the Maharashtra government.

While 54 is the total strength of NCP, 41 MLAs wrote to the Maharashtra governor saying Ajit Pawar has been removed as its leader, Singhvi told the bench. "Shri Ajit Pawar's statement is false and misleading in order to create confusion and false perception among the people".

The Supreme Court was hearing a plea filed by the Shiv Sena-Congress-NCP on Saturday night, challenging the decision of the Maharashtra Governor to invite the BJP to form the government.

The move jolted the the Congress, NCP and Shiv Sena who were giving final touches to government formation in the state but rattled the NCP the most due to Ajit Pawar's rebellion. "If Devendra Fadnavis has the numbers, let him prove it on floor of House, else we have numbers to form govt in Maharashtra", Sibal told the court.

The BJP and the Sena, which fought the last month's Assembly polls in an alliance, secured a comfortable majority by winning 105 and 56 seats respectively.

The BJP on November 24 accused its one-time ally Shiv Sena of committing the "sin" of abandoning its founder Bal Thackeray's thoughts of aligning with the BJP by going with the Congress and the NCP for the sake of acquiring power in Maharashtra.

The top court also asked for Koshyari's order revoking the President's Rule in the state, and said both letters should be submitted by 10.30 am on Monday.

Shelar said the legislature party also passed a resolution congratulating Fadnavis and Ajit Pawar. While Ajit Pawar claimed that he has the support of few other NCP MLAs, all of them believed to be with him was present at the party meet with Sharad Pawar on Sunday evening.

Mr. Ajit Pawar went on tweeting spree from thanking Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP president Amit Shah to all the Union Ministers.

The party had said that Ajit Pawar can not issue a whip to the legislators during the floort test.

Rohatgi argued that actions of the governor are immune to any punitive action from the court under Article 361 of the Constitution. "The game is up for the Congress, NCP and Shiv Sena", BJP MLA Ashish Shelar said, according to PTI.

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