Power Play in Maharashtra - watsupptoday.com
Power Play in Maharashtra
Posted 25 Nov 2019 04:05 PM


The Supreme Court on Sunday asked for the letters of the Governor inviting Devendra Fadnavis as also those pertaining to the BJP leader staking his claim to be produced before it on Monday.

Appearing for BJP, senior advocate Mukul Rohatgi repeatedly argued that the court cannot question the governor’s decision as it was not the judiciary’s domain. However, the bench of Justices N.V. Ramana, Ashok Bhushan and Sanjiv Khanna did not buy Rohatgi’s arguments and underlined that the court could very much interfere in this matter.
The bench also rejected Mehta's strong pleas seeking two days’ time to place the Governor's communication on record.

Both BJP and NCP-Congress-Sena alliance held internal meetings with their MLAs and both the sides claimed to have the majority to form the government. The opposition parties continued to press for a floor test at the earliest and accused the BJP of running away from the same because it did not have the numbers and trying to buy time for “horse trading” of MLAs.

Towards the evening, NCP rebel Ajit Pawar set the social media and political circles abuzz through a tweet in which he claimed that he was still with the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) and Sharad Pawar was his leader. He also added that BJP-NCP would give a stable government to the state.

This prompted Sharad Pawar to immediately issue a counter, saying that Ajit was making “false and misleading” statement.
“There is no question of forming an alliance with @BJP4Maharashtra. NCP has unanimously decided to ally with @ShivSena & @INCMaharashtra to form the government," Sharad Pawar said.
"Shri Ajit Pawar’s statement is false and misleading in order to create confusion and false perception among the people,” he added.

The BJP also claimed that Fadnavis had the support of 170 MLAs. The majority mark in a House of 288 is 145. According to BJP leader Ashish Shelar, Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari has given time till November 30 to the new government to prove its majority on the floor of the House.

The top court also issued notices to the Centre, Maharashtra government, Fadnavis and Ajit Pawar on the petition filed on Saturday night by the Shiv Sena-NCP-Congress combine against the Governor's decision to swear in the BJP leader as the chief minister.

Demanding a floor test immediately, the Congress alleged that the BJP is "running away" from proving a majority in the Assembly as it does not have the required numbers.
Congress leader and former state chief minister Prithviraj Chavan in a joint plea by the Congress-NCP-Shiv Sena said they have sought the Supreme Court's intervention to order a floor test immediately.

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