Mumbai | Jagran News Desk: The legislators of Shiv Sena, Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) and Congress gathered at Mumbai’s Grand Hyatt in what turned out to be a show of strength by the ‘Maha Vikas Aghadi’.

This wasn't a "political fashion show" but certainly one unlike any other Maharashtra has seen. The luxury hotel in suburban Mumbai, host to many fashion shows, including the biggest one in the country, on Monday saw the "parade" of Shiv Sena-NCP and Congress MLAs.

The Sena-NCP-Congress combine decided to “parade” 162 MLAS in the Mumbai five-star hotel where the legislators held banners of 'we are 162' and pledged loyalty to the leadership of Uddhav Thackeray, Sharad Pawar and Sonia Gandhi.

"I will be honest to my party; will not get lured by anything. I will not do anything that will benefit the BJP. I will not get involved into any anti-party activities," the MLAs were heard saying, including top leaders like Uddhav Thackeray, Sharad Pawar and Mallikarjun Kharge.

NCP chief Sharad Pawar, Shiv Sena president Uddhav Thackeray and senior Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge were among those present during the show of strength aimed at making a public statement that the three parties hold the real mandate to govern the state.  

 

The show of strength came hours after the Sena-NCP-Congress combine staked claim to form government in Maharashtra and produced letter to Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari showing support of 162 MLAs.  

Addressing the gathering at the five-star hotel, Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray said that a "wide-angle camera" would be needed to cover the gathering. "We believe in Satyameva Jayate. We dare anyone to try and break us," he said. 

Sharad Pawar expressed confidence that in the floor test, the alliance will have support of more than 162 MLAs and that it will form government and work in the interest of people. 

"We are here together for people of Maharashtra. A government was formed in the state without a majority. Karnataka, Goa and Manipur, BJP didn't have a majority anywhere but formed the government," the NCP chief said. 

"There will not be any problem in proving our majority. The one who is suspended from the party cannot give any orders. On the day of the floor test, I will bring more than 162 MLAs. This is not Goa, this is Maharashtra," a combative Pawar said.

Slamming his nephew Ajit Pawar for breaking away from the NCP to ally with the BJP to form the government, the NCP chief said: "Without a majority, they have installed the government. For the first time in history, the government is installed like this. Ajit Pawar didn't have the authority to make decisions and he made his own decision."

The Supreme Court earlier today reserved the order on a joint petition filed by Shiv Sena, Congress and NCP against the decision of Koshyari to invite BJP to form government in the state.

The petitions were filed after BJP's Devendra Fadnavis took oath for the second consecutive term as the state Chief Minister, with NCP's Ajit Pawar as his Deputy Chief Minister on Saturday morning. This came when deliberations among Congress, NCP and Shiv Sena on the government formation had reached the final stage.

The order on whether the floor test will be conducted for proving the majority of the BJP-led Fadnavis government is expected to be pronounced at 10:30 am tomorrow.

A bench of Justices N V Ramana, Ashok Bhushan, and Sanjiv Khanna today heard the arguments put forth by counsels appearing for Governor, Maharashtra BJP and other parties. 

Posted By: Abhinav Gupta