Thursday, July 9, 2020

    Maharashtra Politics |The NCP, Shiv Sena, and the Congress file a petition in the Supreme Court

    Despite ideological differences, the Congress may do the impossible by supporting Shiv Sena to form a government in the state of Maharshtra.

    In a dramatic play of dynamics in the state of  Maharashtra, it is surprising to see how while the Shiv Sena and the Congress-NCP alliance were all set to form the government with Uddhav Thackery as the CM, BJP leader Devendra Fadnavis was sworn in as the CM earlier in the month. 

    This was an early morning twist, he has been sworn in as Maharashtra CM for a second time at Raj Bhavan. The NCP leader Ajit Pawar has been sworn in as the Deputy Chief Minister. This sudden development came in just hours after the Shiv Sena, the Congress and the NCP announced that the government formation will take place under the leadership of Uddhav Thackery. The three parties were supposed to make a formal announcement today.

    The state of Maharashtra had been under President’s rule until this morning but it was revoked at 5.47 am to facilitate the sudden oath ceremony. After taking oath as the new CM of Maharashtra Devendra Fadnavis said that people had given a clear mandate and since Shiv Sena had tried to play with this mandate, the President’s rule had to be imposed upon the state. He also said that Maharashtra required a stable government and that the BJP would certainly be one.

    The BJP had won 105 seats in the 288 member member assembly followed by Shiv Sena  56, NCP 54 and Congress 44.


    7pm – The petition asks for the floor test to be done within 24 hours so as to prevent any further horse-trading.
    6.30pm –  The NCP, Shiv Sena, and the Congress file a petition in the Supreme Court seeking to quash the governor’s decision to invite Devendra Fadnavis to form government,  The move was unconstitutional and illegal, the petition says.
    5.07pm- AAP has condemned the BJP-Ajit Pawar alliance in Maharashtra and called it disrespectful to the people. The month long political impasse in Maharashtra ended dramatically in Maharashtra earlier in the day with BJP’s Devendra Fadnavis taking oath as the new CM of Maharashtra.
    5.00pm – Congress has expressed faith in Sharad Pawar despite the fact that his nephew Ajit Pawar switched his side at the last moment. Meanwhile the BJP says that it has an ‘electoral and moral mandate to form the government of Maharashtra.’
    4.30pm – Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray is meeting his party MLAs at Hotel Lalit in Mumbai.
    4.19pm – NCP MP Sunil Tatkare, NCP MLA Dilip Wales Patil and Hasan Mushrif are currently attending a meeting with Ajit Pawar in Mumbai. The meting is underway.  Meanwhile, Devendra Fadnavis has reached the party office and promises to give a stable government to Maharashtra.
    4.08pm –  Randeep Singh Surjewala claims the BJP threatened Ajit Pawar.
    4.07pm – Sources claim roar Ajit Pawar has the support of 9 MLAs from the NCP. These MLAs are presently on a chartered plane  to Delhi.
    4.05 pm – Abhishek Manu Singhvi questions the legality of the government’s invite to the BJP. He said that the governor can only call for a formation of government after the letter of support and signatures are verified. He questions if this process was followed and on what basis did the early morning invite take place.
    3.34 pm – Sources from the Congress have revealed that their MLAs will be shifted to Jaipur. This decision was taken because a faction of the NCP under Ajit Pawar forged an alliance with the BJP in Maharashtra. Earlier, Congress, Shiv Sena and NCP addressed the press conference attacking the BJP.
    3.27 pm – He adds that the BJP and Ajit Pawar will prove their majority in the Assembly.
    3.26 pm – The BJP expresses complete confidence that they will easily be able to prove their majority on the floor.
    3.23 pm – Ravi Shankar Prasad condemns the “baseless comments” made against PM Narendra Modi and Home Minister Amit Shah.
    3.19 pm – Ravi Shankar Prasad says, ” Many are questioning the role of the governor…he called BJP,Sena and NCP…no government was formed… but today morning he called BJP and Ajit Pawar to form government and they did.”
    3.16 pm – It was conspircy to control financial capital, Prasad claims.
    3. 13 pm – Ravi Shankar Prasad “It was a conspiracy to control the financial capital of India through backdoor means”.
    3.03 pm: Bharatiya Janata Party’s press conference begins.
    2.56 pm- Senior BJP leader and Union Minster Nitin Gadkari said “I had earlier said anything can happen in cricket and politics and now you can understand what I meant.”
    2.25 pm- Digvijaya Singh said ‘No NCP MLA will support BJP as Ajit Pawar did’ reports ANI 
    2.23pm– Union Minister Ramdas Athwale said. ” We will need 25 MLAs to prove majority…and we will get those MLAs soon. I am sure that Ajit Pawar will bring along with him the required number of MLAs
    2.22 pm- Union Minister Sardana Gowda said that people can’t tolerate bad governance and that is why the BJP had the mandate and that people were unhappy with the Shiv Sena.

    2.20 pm – Sena, NCP and the Congress have tried their best to keep the flock together. The three parties won’t prefer to stay in Maharashtra since the BJP has come to power. These three parties might prefer states like MP, Rajasthan. Five NCP MLAs have also come back.

    1.48 pm–  Ahmed Pate, says that Congress did nothing to delay the formation of the government of Maharashtra and blamed the NCP MLAs for the chaos .

    1.42  pm- Congress begins its press conference.  Congress leader Ahmed Patel alleges that there was no verification of documents or due process before the CM’s oath taking ceremony took place. He calls this government formation a ‘dark chapter’ in the politics of Maharashtra.

    1.45 pm – Congress press conference begins.

    1.40 pm- Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut alleges that Ajit Pawar “kidnapped” Nationalist Congress Party MLAs and the BJP is behaving like a “thief”.  The Congress is soon going to address a press conference while the BJP is going to address a press conference at 2.30pm in Mumbai.

    1.36 pm: Congress Party to address a press conference very soon.

    1.15 pm: BJP to address a press conference at 2.30 pm in Mumbai, reports ANI.


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