Congress MLAs shifted to JW Marriot Hotel in Mumbai while BJP MP Sanjay Kakade met NCP chief Sharad Pawar amidst the ongoing tussle
Mumbai: As political parties huddle in Maharashtra, Congress MLAs are being shifted to JW Marriott Hotel in Andheri, Mumbai.
Maharashtra government will not be represented by anyone in the Supreme Court today when the apex court will hear a joint plea of Shiv Sena, NCP and Congress against the decision of Maharashtra Governor to invite BJP's Devendra Fadnavis to form the government in the state, said sources.
Sources informed that since the Maharashtra government has not been given any notice by the Supreme Court it has decided not to have its representation in the court. However, the Standing Counsel of the Maharashtra government has been asked to remain on 'standby' and adequately represent the government in case the court asks for or if needed.
Attorney General of India, KK Venugopal is likely to appear for the Raj Bhavan while senior counsel Mukul Rohatgi is likely to represent BJP in the Supreme Court.
The petitioners - Shiv Sena, NCP and Congress - have requested the Supreme Court to order a floor test to be held on Sunday itself. Senior Congress leader and advocate Kapil Sibal will appear in the court on behalf of the petitioners. The matter will be heard at 11:30 am today.
After a prolonged uncertainty over the government formation that lasted for nearly a month, Devendra Fadnavis on Saturday morning took oath for the second consecutive term as the state chief minister, while Ajit Pawar took oath as deputy chief minister.
On the other hand, amidst the ongoing political tussle in Maharashtra, BJP MP Sanjay Kakade met NCP Chief Sharad Pawar's at his residence on Sunday.
Following the meeting with NCP chief, Kakade said, “I met Sharad Pawar for personal reasons". At a time when deliberations among Congress, NCP and Shiv Sena on the formation of a non-BJP government in the state had seemingly reached the final stage, the BJP formed the government in a surprise development on Saturday morning.
The BJP won 105 seats in the 288-member assembly followed by Shiv Sena 56, NCP 54 and Congress 44.
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Last Updated Nov 24, 2019, 11:22 AM IST