Maharashtra Government: Shiv Sena, NCP, Congress Claim Majority With Over 162 MLAs In Show Of Strength
Senior Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge, NCP chief Sharad Pawar and Shiv Sena President Uddhav Thackeray along with MLAs take a pledge during a gathering to display their strength (Source: PTI)

Maharashtra Government: Shiv Sena, NCP, Congress Claim Majority With Over 162 MLAs In Show Of Strength

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Sena, NCP, Congress Claim Majority In Show Of Strength

The three-way alliance of Shiv Sena, NCP and Congress--being called the Maha Vikas Aghadi--gathered their MLAs at the Grand Hyatt hotel in Mumbai to show that they have enough numbers to form a government in Maharashtra.

The gathering, which had scores of MLAs present, was addressed by top leaders of each party. Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray, his son Aaditya, Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge, NCP chief Sharad Pawar and his daughter Supriya Sule were all present at the hotel. All MLAs present took a pledge to stay loyal to the three-way alliance.

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Hopeful of becoming the chief minister, Uddhav Thackeray said that this was undeniable visual proof of their majority. Let the BJP do what it wants to obstruct this alliance from assuming power, he said while addressing the MLAs.

Sharad Pawar too said that he is confident that when the Supreme Court mandates a floor test, this group will be successful and form the government. He assured NCP leaders that his nephew Ajit Pawar is no longer the party whip and his instructions need not be followed.

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He also criticised the BJP saying it has attempted such coups in the past too without having the adequate numbers to form the government. But he remained confident of getting more MLAs on board. “On the day of the floor test, I will bring more than 162 MLAs. This is not Goa, this is Maharashtra.”

Earlier in the day, the Supreme Court reserved its order on Maharashtra government formation for Tuesday after listening to the three-way alliance's combined plea against Devendra Fadnavis being sworn in as chief minister.

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BJP Tried Similar Coups In Other States, Says Sharad Pawar

NCP supremo Sharad Pawar said that he is confident that their efforts will be met with success. He said that the ruling party has tried similar moves in other states too where they attempted to form governments without adequate numbers.

Pawar said that their alliance is ready to face a floor test.

Pawar said that his nephew Ajit tried to scare new MLAs as he was the party whip. The NCP chief said since that no longer the case, his orders need not be followed.

He added that he is confident that the governor will call this group to form the government after the Supreme Court mandates a floor test.

Do What You Want, Uddhav Thackeray Tells BJP

Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray said that the assembly of all its MLAs at the Grand Hyatt is undeniable visual proof of their majority. Let the BJP do what it wants to obstruct this alliance from assuming power, he said while addressing the MLAs.

Sena, NCP, Congress MLAs Assemble At Grand Hyatt

The three parties, hopeful of staking claim to form a government, have assembled their MLAs at Grand Hyatt. A press conference may follow soon.

Show Of Strength

The Shiv Sena, NCP and Congress will parade its 162 MLAs at the Grand Hyatt, Mumbai in a show of strength to the Maharashtra governor.

“We are all one and together, watch our 162 together for the first time at Grand Hyatt at 7 pm, come and watch yourself,” Sena leader Sanjay Raut wrote on twitter inviting Maharashtra Governor BS Koshyari.

Supreme Court Order On Maharashtra Government Formation Tomorrow Morning

The Supreme Court will give its order on Maharashtra government formation on Tuesday, the apex court said while hearing the Shiv Sena-NCP-Congress combine's plea against the governor's decision to swear in Devendra Fadnavis as chief minister.

As uncertainty in the state mounted, the Centre on Monday maintained that the BJP had the support of all 54 NCP MLAs to form a government in Maharashtra and asked the Supreme Court for two to three days to reply to the plea against Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari's decision.

Appearing for the Shiv Sena, senior advocate Kapil Sibal said the combine has affidavits from 154 Maharashtra MLAs and the BJP should be asked to prove its majority within 24 hours if it has the numbers.

The Shiv Sena-Congress-NCP has filed a plea against the governor's decision to swear in BJP leader Fadnavis as chief minister and NCP's Ajit Pawar as deputy chief minister in the early hours of Saturday.

The Centre told a bench comprising Justices NV Ramana, Ashok Bhushan and Sanjiv Khanna that the governor had in absolute discretion invited the largest party to form government on Nov. 23.

Solicitor General Tushar Mehta told the top court the Maharashtra governor is not supposed to conduct a roving and fishing inquiry to ascertain which party has the numbers to form government.

The question is, he said, can a party come and seek the court's intervention to hold a floor test within 24 hours.

Mehta said the governor was cognizant of the facts and the situation after poll results that had led to President's rule being invoked in the state.

The apex court, after perusing Koshyari's letter inviting Fadnavis, said it has to be decided whether or not the chief minister enjoys majority support on the floor of house.

The solicitor general explained that the governor had invited Shiv Sena, BJP and NCP for government formation and President's rule was imposed only after they failed.

Senior advocate Maninder Singh, appearing for Ajit Pawar, told the bench that the governor rightly invited Fadnavis to form government.

Opening his arguments, Sibal, appearing for the Shiv Sena, referred to Uddhav Thackeray being declared the next Maharashtra chief minister at a press conference of the three parties.

"Where was national emergency to revoke President's rule at 5.27 a.m. and CM being administered oath at 8 am next morning," Sibal asked.

Sibal referred to the alleged haste by which President's rule was revoked and a new government was formed in Maharashtra and said it has never been done in history.

"(Shiv Sena-NCP-Congress) Combine has affidavits of 154 Maharashtra MLAs supporting it. If the BJP has numbers, then they should be asked to prove majority within 24 hours," Sibal said.

Senior advocate Abhishek Singhvi, appearing for the NCP and the Congress, termed it a "fraud of the worst kind" and asked whether a single NCP MLA told Ajit Pawar that he supported him to go with the BJP.

As the hearing began on Monday morning, Mehta submitted letters of the governor and Fadnavis as asked by the bench on Sunday.

The apex court said it is not considering the Shiv Sena-NCP-Congress' combine's plea that they be invited to form government in Maharashtra.

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