Mumbai | Jagran News Desk: Hours after the Supreme Court reserved its order on a joint petition filed by Sena-NCP-Congress against Governor Bhagat Singh Koshiyari's decision to swear in BJP leader Fadnavis as chief minister and NCP's Ajit Pawar as deputy chief minister, Sanjay Raut in a tweet said that all 162 MLAs of the alliance will appear together at Mumbai's Grand Hyatt at 7.00 pm on Monday.  

"We are all one and together, watch our 162 (MLAs) together for the first time at Grand Hyatt (in Mumbai) at 7 pm, come and watch yourself Maharashtra Governor," he said in a tweet on Monday.

The alliance on Monday staked claim to form government and have submitted their signatures to Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari. This comes hours after the apex court reserved its order on the alliance plea saying that it will pass the order at 10:30 am on Tuesday. 

The alliance today had also asked for floor test be ordered today itself. However, it was opposed by Mukul Rohatgi -- appearing for Maharashtra BJP -- saying that "parties are seeking direction to governor, who is immune, to act as per their wishes.

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He also claimed that Devendra Fadnavis approached the Koshyari to form the government with support of 170 MLAs and after that President's rule was revoked in the state.      

"NCP through Ajit Pawar wrote a letter with 54 MLAs signature support. I went to Governor with [support of] 170 MLAs to form the government and my claim was accepted. Thereafter, President Rule was revoked and I was sworn in," said Rohatgi.

Meanwhile, the Centre told the top court to give 2-3 days' time to file a reply to the plea against the Governor's decision. The Centre, representated by Solicitor General Tushar Mehta, told Supreme Court that the governor was not supposed to conduct a roving and fishing inquiry to ascertain which party had the numbers to form government.  

He also explained that the Governor had invited the Shiv Sena, the BJP and the NCP for government formation and President's rule was imposed in Maharashtra only after they failed. He was supported by senior advocate Maninder Singh, appearing for Ajit Pawar, who said that the Governor had rightly invited Fadnavis to form government.

Meanwhile, senior advocate Kapil Sibal -- representing Shiv Sena -- said that the alliance has the affidavits of 154 MLAs supporting it and if the BJP has the numbers, it should be asked to prove majority within 24 hours.

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

In the 288-member Maharashtra Assembly, the BJP is the single-largest party with 105 MLAs, followed by the Shiv Sena (56 MLAs), the NCP (54 MLAs) and the Congress (44 MLAs).

(With PTI inputs)

Posted By: Aalok Sensharma