Shiv Sena, NCP, Congress petition on Maharashtra government formation in Supreme Court today
Mumbai : The Supreme Court will be hearing a petition on Sunday filed by Shiv Sena, NCP and Congress against the Centre's move to end the President's rule in Maharashtra and invite Devendra Fadnavis to form the government in the state.
A three-judge bench of Justices NV Ramana, Ashok Bhushan and Sanjiv Khanna will hear the petition at 11:30 am on Sunday.
The BJP on Saturday made a stunning comeback in Maharashtra, with some deft political manoeuvring that saw Nationalist Congress Party's Ajit Pawar changing sides.
NCP chief Sharad Pawar, Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray and Congress were busy finding a way to form the alliance in the state, almost at the final stage of sealing the deal on Friday, when Saturday morning saw Devendra Fadnavis took the oath as the CM of Maharashtra and Ajit Pawar turned to become Deputy Chief Minister.
Soon after that, a series of meetings were seen with NCP chief Sharad Pawar disowning Ajit Pawar from the party. The former tagged the decision of the latter as his personal and not of the party. A number of MLAs who attended the oath ceremony, turned up at the NCP office soon after, indicating that the party chief was right.
The Sena has claimed that Ajit Pawar, who has several corruption cases against him, was arm-twisted into supporting the BJP. "They misled the governor and took 10 MLAs with them. Five of those came back and Ajit Pawar will also come back," said Sena leader Sanjay Raut. An NCP meeting in the evening was attended by 50 of the 54 MLAs. The BJP claims it has the support of all 54 NCP MLAs.
"Maharashtra needed a stable government, not a khichidi shaasan (mishmash government)," Devendra Fadnavis said after the oath ceremony. Ajit Pawar said, "We decided to form a stable government" as no party has been able to form government and Maharashtra was facing many issues, including farmer issues.