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Maharashtra govt formation HIGHLIGHTS: SC to hear Cong, NCP, Shiv Sena’s plea against Guv’s decision today

Maharashtra Government Formation Live News Updates: Taking note of the sudden political developments, NCP chief Sharad Pawar said his nephew Ajit Pawar's decision to ally with the BJP was a "personal" one and not taken by the party.

By: Express Web Desk | Mumbai, New Delhi | Updated: November 24, 2019 8:58:45 am
SC to hear Cong, NCP, Shiv Sena's plea against Guv's decision tomorrow NCP chief Sharad Pawar said his nephew Ajit Pawar’s decision to ally with the BJP was a ‘personal’ one and not taken by the party. (Express photo by Pradip Das)

Maharashtra Government Formation Live News Updates: The Supreme Court will hear the joint plea of Congress, NCP and Shiv Sena Sunday. The plea challenges the Maharashtra Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari’s decision to allow the formation of the BJP-led government. Also, Ajit Pawar has been removed as the leader of the NCP’s Legislative Wing by the party MLAs who met in Mumbai and Jayant Patil has been named as the new leader.

The petition states that the ‘Governor has belittled the constitutional office of the Governor and has allowed himself to be a pawn in BJP’s illegal usurpation of power’.

Taking note of the sudden political developments in Maharashtra, NCP chief Sharad Pawar said his nephew Ajit Pawar’s decision to ally with the BJP was a “personal” one and not taken by the party. He also said his party will initiate action against Ajit without fail.  The BJP won 105 seats in the 288-member Assembly, while the NCP had garnered 54 seats. The BJP needed the support of at least 10 MLAs to stake claim.

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Highlights

    23:33 (IST)23 Nov 2019
    Maharashtra: NCP MLAs arrive at Renaissance Hotel in Mumbai

    Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) MLAs arrive at Renaissance Hotel in Mumbai.

    23:29 (IST)23 Nov 2019
    SC to hear Cong, NCP, Shiv Sena's plea at 11:30 am

    Justice NV Ramana, Justice Ashok Bhushan and Justice Sanjiv Khanna to hear tomorrow at 11: 30 am the joint plea of Shiv Sena, Nationalist Congress Party and Congress against the decision of Maharashtra Governor inviting Devendra Fadnavis to form the government on Nov 23. 

    22:34 (IST)23 Nov 2019
    Appointment of Jayant Patil in Ajit Pawar's place is invalid: BJP leader

    Bharatiya Janata Party is of the view that Ajit Pawar's appointment as NCP legislative party leader was valid and appointment of Jayant Patil in his place today is invalid.

    22:07 (IST)23 Nov 2019
    SC to hear Cong, NCP, Shiv Sena's plea against Guv's decision tomorrow

    The Supreme Court will hear the joint plea of Congress, NCP and Shiv Sena tomorrow. The plea challenges the Maharashtra Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari's decision to allow the formation of the BJP-led government. The petition states that the 'Governor has belittled the constitutional office of the Governor and has allowed himself to be a pawn in BJP’s illegal usurpation of power'.

    21:41 (IST)23 Nov 2019
    NCP has the numbers, only 4-5 NCP MLAs are not in touch with the party: Ashok Chavan

    "Devendra Fadnavis has mislead the Maharashtra Governor. He must resign. NCP has the numbers, only 4-5 NCP MLAs are not in touch with the party. Ajit Pawar should return to his home," says Chavan.

    21:35 (IST)23 Nov 2019
    Five of our MLAs are not in contact with us: Nawab Malik

    "Five of our MLAs are not in contact with us, 6 are about to arrive&rest have arrived. On the basis of numbers we have, we'll defeat the government in election of speaker itself. After which, Shiv Sena-NCP-Congress government will definitely be formed in Maharashtra," Malik told ANI.

    21:26 (IST)23 Nov 2019
    NCP does not endorse Ajit Pawar's decision: Nawab Malik after meeting

    NCP leader Nawab Malik talking to mediapersons after party meeting:  "A resolution was passed unanimously that party does not endorse Ajit Pawar's decision and he has been removed as NCP legislative party leader. Till the election of a new leader, Jayant Patil is given responsibilities of the post," says Malik. 

    20:46 (IST)23 Nov 2019
    Sharad Pawar-led meeting of NCP's MLAs underway

    (Express photo by Nirmal Harindran) 

    20:23 (IST)23 Nov 2019
    At least nine MLAs who were with Ajit swear loyalty to Sharad Pawar

    PTI reported that atleast nine NCP MLAs who attended swearing-in of Ajit Pawar as deputy chief minister of Maharashtra returned to the party fold and expressed solidarity with party chief Sharad Pawar on Saturday evening.

    20:16 (IST)23 Nov 2019
    Congress MLAs may fly to Jaipur to escape poaching

    With Maharashtra in a political bind following a coup by NCP's Ajit Pawar who joined hands with the BJP on Saturday, MLAs of the ally Congress are likely to fly to Jaipur on Sunday to ward off any poaching bid, a party leader told PTI. 

    19:58 (IST)23 Nov 2019
    Ajit Pawar removed as leader of NCP’s Legislative wing

    Ajit Pawar has been removed as the leader of the NCPs Legislative Wing by the party MLAs who met in Mumbai. Jayant Patil named as the new leader.  

    19:55 (IST)23 Nov 2019
    Shiv Sena should take to streets in Mumbai: Digvijaya Singh

    Congress veteran Digvijaya Singh on Saturday advised the Shiv Sena to "take to the streets" of Mumbai to protest against the formation of a new BJP-led government in Maharashtra. He also claimed that NCP leader Ajit Pawar, who took oath as deputy chief minister along with CM Devendra Fadnavis, had joined the new government alone, and no other NCP MLA was with him. The Sena "should hit the streets to protect the Constitution", Singh said. "This is a challenge before (Shiv Sena chief) Uddhav Thackeray, that he show the Shiv Sena's strength in Mumbai," Singh told reporters here. (PTI) 

    19:37 (IST)23 Nov 2019
    We have electoral, moral mandate to form govt in Maharashtra: BJP

    The BJP on Saturday asserted that it had the "electoral and moral" mandate to form a government in Maharashtra and brushed aside the criticism of its alliance with NCP leader Ajit Pawar, who was accused by the saffron party in the past of corruption, saying the tie-up was guided by the "given situation". BJP leader and Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad hit out at the Congress-NCP and the Shiv Sena, saying those who were "dead opposed" to each other joined hands to "grab" power, while the saffron party and Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis had won the popular mandate to form government. (PTI)

    19:32 (IST)23 Nov 2019
    Fadnavis greeted by partyworkers at BJP headquarters in Mumbai

    CM Devendra Fadnavis in front of the BJP Headquarters in Mumbai on Saturday evening. (Express photo by Pradip Das)

    18:52 (IST)23 Nov 2019
    Governor allowed himself to be a BJP's pawn: Shiv Sena

    "The facts, in this case, demonstrate that the Hon’ble Governor has belittled the constitutional office of the Governor and has allowed himself to be a pawn in BJP’s illegal usurpation of power,” Sena wrote in the petition.

    18:40 (IST)23 Nov 2019
    Issue appropriate directions to summon special session of the 14th Maharashtra Assembly: Sena to SC

    Shiv Sena has said in the petition that "issue appropriate directions in terms of summoning a special session of the Fourteenth Maharashtra Legislative Assembly with the only agenda of administering oath to the MLAs, immediately followed by the holding of a floor test on 24.11.2019"

    18:24 (IST)23 Nov 2019
    Governor acted in a partisan manner: Shiv Sena in petition to SC

    "It is submitted that the Hon’ble Governor has acted in a partisan manner and has made a mockery of the high office of the Governor. It is respectfully submitted that the Governor’s actions between the intervening night of 22.11.2019 and 23.11.2019 culminating to the swearing in on the 23.11.2019 are a text book example of the Governor acting at the behest of a political party in power at the Centre," the Shiv Sena's petition stated. 

    18:22 (IST)23 Nov 2019
    Shiv Sena moves SC, files petition against BJP’s claim to power

    Uddhav Thackeray-led Shiv Sena has moved the Supreme Court to file a writ petition against BJP's government formation in Maharashtra. 

    18:18 (IST)23 Nov 2019
    Sena meeting with MLAs ends
    17:17 (IST)23 Nov 2019
    Ajit Pawar holding meeting with NCP leaders, security beefed up outside venue

    Maharashtra Deputy CM Ajit Pawar is presently holding a meeting with NCP MP Sunil Tatkare and NCP MLAs Dilip Walse Patil and Hasan Mushrif at his brother Sriniwas Pawar's residence; Security has been heightened outside the residence of Sriniwas Pawar.

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    Saturday's surprise swearing-in is being described as a political masterstroke of Sharad Pawar, who on Thursday night had said there was a consensus among the NCP, Congress and Shiv Sena that Uddhav Thackeray should lead the new government. A formal announcement on government formation and the power-sharing agreement between the three parties was awaited amid indications of a tussle between the Congress and NCP for the Assembly Speaker’s post.

    “As far as the Chief Minister’s post goes, there is consensus between the three parties that Uddhav Thackeray will lead the government,” NCP chief Sharad Pawar had announced. Thackeray, on his part, said talks to finalise other details were still on. “The meeting was constructive. Most things have been sorted out. There are, however, some discussions on minor issues. The way things are going, these issues will be sorted out too. We will come out with details soon,” he said.

    Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut, who was also present at the meeting, told The Indian Express it was Pawar who proposed that Thackeray should lead the government of the new alliance. “Uddhavji accepted the proposal,” Raut said.

     

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