New Delhi | Jagran News Desk: Four MLAs of the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP), who had gone incommunicado after the oath-taking ceremony of Devendra Fadnavis and Ajit Pawar, had returned to the party’s fold, according to news agency ANI.

52 of the NCP’s 54 MLAs are back in touch with the party, claimed NCP leader Nawab Malik. “52 MLAs of the party have come back to us, one more is in touch with us,” he told ANI.

NCP leaders said that the two MLAs- Daulat Daroda and Anil Patil- were lodged in a hotel in Gurgaon and came back to Mumbai along with Nationalist youth Congress president Dheeraj Sharma and Nationalist Student Congress chief Sonia Doohan on late Sunday night.

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Another lawmaker Nitin Pawar had already reached Mumbai on Sunday while NCP MLA Narhari Zirwal is currently at a safe location in Delhi, party leaders said.

Daulat Daroda - against whom a missing person's complaint was filed after the chaotic events of Saturday, surfaced in a video on Sunday and offered his support to party chief Sharad Pawar. "I'm safe. I've come after winning election on the clock symbol (NCP), so there's no question of changing the party. Whatever decision Sharad Pawar and Ajit Pawar take, I'm with that. Don't believe in any rumours," he said in the video.

With the post-poll alliance 'Maha Vikas Aghadi' seeking immediate SC order for immediate floor test, the three parties have rushed their MLAs to luxury resorts in Mumbai. NCP MLAs, who were taken to Renaissance Hotel on Saturday, were shifted to Grand Hyatt Hotel on Sunday. While the Sena MLAs are at Lalit Hotel, the Congress has moved its MLAs to JW Marriott.

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The Sena-NCP-Congress alliance is expected to submit affidavits of 154 MLAs -- 56 MLAs from Shiv Sena, 44 from Congress, 46 from NCP and eight Independent MLAs -- to the Supreme Court, to bolster its case in the top court demanding an immediate floor test.  

The top court will today resume the hearing on petitions filed by the Sena-NCP-Congress combine which sought a direction to the Governor to invite them to form government under the leadership of Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray.

In a special hearing on Sunday, the court had asked the Centre to place before it on Monday morning the letters of Maharashtra Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari inviting Devendra Fadnavis and of the BJP leader staking his claim to form the government in the state.

Posted By: Abhinav Gupta