New Delhi | Jagra News Desk: The Supreme Court today reserved its order floor test in Maharashtra till tomorrow. After Solicitor General Tushar Mehta -- appearing for the centre -- told the top court that Ajit Pawar's letter to Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari contained signatures of 54 MLAs.
This comes a day after it issued notice to Centre, Maharashtra government, Devendra Fadnavis and Ajit Pawar on Congress-NCP-Shiv Sena's plea and asked Solicitor General Tushar Mehta to produce relevant documents from Governor’s letter for inviting BJP to form government and letter of support of MLAs by 10.30 am today. In a special hearing on Sunday, the apex court had further said that appropriate orders on the plea od Shiv Sena-Congress-NCP will be passed today.
Meanwhile, NCP chief Sharad Pawar has dismissed Ajit Pawar's claim of alliance between the BJP and the NCP saying that Ajit's statement is false and misleading in order to create confusion and false perception among the people and the party has unanimously decided to ally with Shiv Sena and Congress to form government.
Here are the LIVE updates on government formation in Maharashtra:
20:29 pm: We don't think that Congress, NCP and Shiv Sena even have the support of 145 MLAs. We are confident of proving our majority on the floor of the House: BJP's Ashish Shelar
20:23 pm: They are disrespecting the mandate by conducting this "identification parade". They are losing their self confidence. This is an insult to the democracy: BJP's Ashish Shelar
20:17 pm: BJP's Ashish Shelar addresses press conference
20:15 pm: I am confident that in the floor test, all these 162 MLAs will vote against the present government of Maharashtra. Then, a new government will be formed: Nawab Malik
20:11 pm: The pledge was, "I swear that under the leadership of Sharad Pawar, Uddhav Thackeray and Sonia Gandhi, I will be honest to my party. I won't get lured by anything. I will not do anything which will benefit BJP."
20:07 pm: Sena-Cong-NCP MLAs take joint oath of loyalty
20:04 pm: 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 floor test, I will bring more than 162 MLAs. This is not Goa, this is Maharashtra: Sharad Pawar
20:00 pm: We are here together for people of Maharashtra. A govt was formed in state without majority. Karnataka, Goa, & Manipur, BJP didn't have majority anywhere but formed government: Sharad Pawar
19:58 pm: Our fight is not just for power, our fight is for 'Satyamev Jayate.' The more you try to break us, the more we will unite: Uddhav Thackeray
19:54 pm: The more you try to break us, the stronger we will get: Uddhav Thackeray
19:47 pm: We are more than 162, not just 162. We all will be a part of the govt. I thank Sonia Gandhi who allowed for this alliance to stop BJP. Guv should invite us to form govt: Ashok Chavan
19:38 pm: NCP leader Jitendra Awhad to MLAs: An oath will be taken here.
19:36 pm: NCP chief Sharad Pawar arrives at Hotel Grand Hyatt where Shiv Sena-NCP-Congress MLAs have assembled.
19:35 pm: Congress leaders including Mallikarjun Kharge and Ashok Chavan arrive at Hotel Grand Hyatt where Shiv Sena-NCP-Congress MLAs have assembled.
19:24 pm: "Long live Maha Vikas Aghadi" slogans raised at the hall in Hotel Grand Hyatt, where Shiv Sena-NCP-Congress MLAs have assembled.
19:18 pm: Shiv Sena's Uddhav Thackeray & Aaditya Thackeray arrive at Hotel Grand Hyatt where Shiv Sena-NCP-Congress MLAs have assembled.
19:12 pm: Shiv Sena-NCP-Congress MLAs assemble at Hotel Grand Hyatt.
19:10 pm: Preparations underway at Hotel Grand Hyatt where MLAs from Shiv Sena-NCP-Congress will assemble shortly.
19:06 pm: Office of the Chief Minister of Maharashtra: CM Devendra Fadnavis chaired a meeting in Mumbai today to discuss proposed ‘Climate Resilience Improvement and flood & drought Management Program’ with representatives from World Bank.
19:02 pm: Bus carrying Shiv Sena MLAs arrives at Hotel Grand Hyatt
17:06 pm: "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," says Sanjay Raut.
16:48 pm: "There is no 'Operation Lotus', we have enough MLAs for the majority, we are not threatening any MLA. Sanjay Raut's allegations are false, after a few days he will have to be sent to a mental hospital," ANI quoted BJP's Raosaheb Patil Danve as saying.
16:10 pm: "There is not an iota of doubt that the government (of the combine) will be formed in Maharashtra. All three parties were on the same page on forming the government together, but whatever he (Ajit Pawar) decided, it was his personal decision," says Sharad Pawar.
16:09 pm: "It is wrong to say that I have a hand behind Ajit Pawar's revolt. It is not the party's decision and we do not endorse it," says Sharad Pawar.
15:29 pm: "We had discussions with Ajit Pawar once, hoping for another meeting with him soon," says NCP's Nawab Malik
14:34 pm: "Who are they to talk about horse-trading, they bought the whole stable," says Home Minister Amit Shah.
14:11 pm: "When we reached hotel (in Delhi) at least 100-200 BJP workers were present there along with a lot of police cars & personnel in civil dress, we were scared. We told Sharad Pawar sa'ab that we want to return & stay with the party, he assured us that we will be brought back and made the necessary arrangements," says NCP's Anil Patil, who was reportedly missing & brought to Mumbai from Delhi today.
13:33 pm: Chief Minister's Office, Maharashtra: CM Devendra Fadnavis’ first signature of this tenure was done on a CM Relief Fund cheque, on reaching Mantralaya, which was handed over to Kusum Vengurlekar by the Chief Minister.
13:26 pm: BJP-Shiv Sena got mandate to form govt with Devendra Fadnavis as CM. It's the Congress that is murdering democracy and questioning us on the same. BJP's win in state is both moral and political victory, which Congress is trying to hijack: Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad
12:22 pm: "The BJP is trying to reach out to the MLAs of NCP, Shiv Sena and the Congress as they didn't have the numbers, which is why they are asking for time. They are trying to mislead the Supreme Court and buy time. But all our MLAs are intact and we have full majority and figures of more than 160 MLAs," says Ashok Chavan
12:21 pm: "Why does the BJP need more time? We have filed an affidavit which is signed by 154 MLAs. It's true that few NCP MLAs have given their signatures in our letter along with their (Ajit Pawar) letter," says Prithviraj Chavan
12:19 pm: "Congress, Shiv Sena and NCP believe this is a murder of democracy in Maharashtra. We demanded floor test to prove that the majority rests with our alliance. The Supreme Court heard all arguments and reserved the order. We are confident that in Maharashtra, floor test will give the BJP a befitting reply," says Congress' Randeep Surjewala
12:17 pm: NCP chief Sharad Pawar, when asked if Ajit Pawar will be expelled from party: This is not something for which a single individual takes a decision, it has to be decided by the party when the matter comes before it.
12:14 pm: We are in a position to bring 162 MLAs before Maharashtra Governor at any given time: NCP's Jayant Patil
12:12 pm: Congress spokesperson Randeep Surjewala addresses media after SC hearing.
11:58 am: "The current government in Maharashtra has been formed on the basis of false papers and documents," says NCP's Jayant Patil
11:57 am: "Today morning at 10 am, Shinde ji, Thorat ji, Chavan ji, Vinayak Raut ji, Azmi ji, KC Padvi and I - on behalf of NCP, gave a letter to Governor showing strength of 162 MLAs," says NCP's Jayant Patil
11:54 am: Solicitor General Tushar Mehta reiterates and requests for time to reply, says he has some more material he wishes to place on record, reports Bar and Bench.
11:54 am: Mukul Rohatgi representing Maharashtra BJP: Governor in this case has given 14 days for floor test, reasonable time can be 7 days. The most important thing right now is the procedure of Appointment of Protem Speaker, Oath, Election of Speaker, and Agenda.
11:52 am: NCP-Congress-Shiv Sena petition: Supreme Court reserves order for tomorrow 10.30 am.
11:51 am: "The procedure should be followed. The floor test should be conducted after election of speaker and therefore it should not be today or tomorrow but according to the rules. Correct thing should be done," Bar and Bench quoted Rohatgi as saying.
11:48 am: "The Governor in this case has given 14 days for floor test. Can the Court reduce this to 3 or 4 days, when there is no gross or substantive illegality. Will that not be opposed to Article 212," Bar and Bench quoted Rohatgi as saying.
11:47 am: It is a fact that BJP didn't have the majority and that is why they had not formed the government, they had even written to the Governor initially that they don't have the majority and hence will not form the government: Sharad Pawar
11:45 am: Was referring to affidavits of 154 Maha MLAs to shock court's conscience that majority was with us: NCP to SC.
11:44 am: Rohatgi makes rejoinder submissions. He says rules for the Assembly are framed in the Constitution, reports Bar and Bench.
11:43 am: "I'm happy to lose floor test today, but they (BJP alliance) don’t want floor test. He placed on record, affidavits signed by 154 MLAs showing their support, SC refused to accept it saying it can't now expand scope of petition.He withdrew the affidavits," says Abhishek Manu Singhvi
11:40 am: "It is for the purpose to preserve the purity of democracy that every order passed by the Supreme Court in the past has held that floor test to be held within 24 hours," Bar and Bench quoted Abhishek Manu Singhvi as saying
11:37 am: SC asks Singhvi to withdraw fresh plea with affidavits of 154 Maha MLAs supporting combine as it has not been supplied to BJP.
11:37 am: Both sides agree that floor test is ultimate, BJP does not want it quickly: Singhvi to SC
11:37 am: "What BJP alliance has shown to Court are signatures of 54 NCP MLAs electing Ajit Pawar as legislative party leader. They weren't signed support for joining BJP alliance to form govt. NCP support to Ajit Pawar was w/o any covering letter. How can Guv turn a blind eye to this," says Abhishek Manu Singhvi representing NCP & Congress
11:36 am: "The 'how' of the floor test is important here. Regardless of the party, the Senior most member of the House should be appointed Protem Speaker," says Abhishek Manu Singhvi representing NCP & Congress
11:31 am: "When both the groups are open for Floor Test, why should there be a delay? Does a single NCP MLA here say we will join the BJP alliance? Is there a single covering letter saying this. This was the fraud committed on democracy," says Abhishek Manu Singhvi representing NCP & Congress
11:28 am: Senior advocate Maninder Singh appears for Ajit Pawar, says he represents NCP and Governor rightly invited Fadnavis to form government.
11:26 am: "There was a list of signatures (of 54 NCP MLAs), but did it say that the MLAs were agreeing to support the BJP. There can be signatures without a covering letter," Bar and Bench quoted Singhvi as saying.
11:26 am: "Today there is a peculiar case before your lordships that both sides agree that there should be a floor test. The question is a narrow one - As to when the floor test should be held?," Bar and Bench quoted Singhvi as saying.
11:25 am: Grant us 2-3 days' time. Let us file reply and Maha governor in absolute discretion invited largest party on November 23: Centre to SC.
11:24 am: "Today Ajit Pawar is saying he had the support (of 54 NCP MLAs) but he has been removed from that position from NCP. If they have the majority then why should they shy away from the floor test," Bar and Bench quoted Sibal as saying.
11:24 am: "It was only after the pre poll alliance fell out (of BJP and Shiv Sena) that we decided to go for an alternate Government," Bar and Bench quoted Sibal as saying.
11:23 am: "The pre poll alliance between BJP and Shiv Sena fell out because promises were not kept. It had nothing to do with the NCP or the Congress," Bar and Bench quoted Sibal as saying.
11:23 am: "Everything happened between 7 PM on Friday and 5AM on Saturday morning. This was done to preempt forming of the Govt of the three party alliance," Bar and Bench quoted Sibal as saying.
11:21 am: When the Governor waited for so many days, what was the emergency that required revocation of President's Rule at 5.47 in the morning and installing a Govt at 8 am: Kapil Sibal
11:20 am: "I will file affidavit on the plea. There is no need for interim order in the case," says Rohatgi.
11:20 am: Kapil Sibal recounts the events that transpired on Friday and Saturday as regards announcement of the common minimum programme and swearing in, reports Bar and Bench.
11:19 am: Particular time frame cannot be asked to be implemented on mere apprehension of a particular party: Tushar Mehta to SC
11:18 am: 5-judge bench supposed to examine power of Speaker in such matters, says Rohatgi, asking SC not to judicially review actions of Maha Guv.
11:16 am: "Point is whether the Court will entertain the proceedings after being satisfied by the documents/letters (of 54 NCP MLAs) and nothing contrary to the letters has been shown," Bar and Bench quoted Singh as saying.
"Can directions be issued to Governor who is immune?," he added.
11:15 am: Matter fraught with serious consequences, governor's discretionary power cannot be judicially reviewed: BJP to SC
11:14 am: Letter by Congress-NCP -Shiv Sena given at Raj Bhawan staking claim to form government, saying that the present govt doesn't have the numbers.
11:13 am: Justice Sanjiv Khanna says, while citing the past judgement of the court in similar cases, floor test was done in 24 hours in most of the cases, in some - 48 hours: NCP-Congress-Shiv Sena joint petition in Supreme Court
11:12 am: "I (Ajit Pawar) acted as the Leader of the NCP and there is nothing to the contrary to show that I was not the NCP leader on November 22," Bar and Bench quoted Singh as saying.
11:11 am: Senior Counsel Maninder Singh makes submissions on behalf of Ajit Pawar
11:10 am: Whether CM enjoys majority support on floor of House has to be decided: SC
11:05 am: "Can one party say that we have somehow managed the flock together and if the floor test doesn't take place in 24 hours, they'll go away?," Bar and Bench quoted Tushar Mehta as saying.
11:05 am: "The procedure of the Assembly is Protem Speaker will be appointed, he will administer oath to the MLAs, they will then elect a speaker and then the floor test will be conducted," Bar and Bench quoted Rohatgi as saying.
11:02 am: "The question today is whether the Chief Minister enjoys the majority in the House or not. This has to be decided on the floor of the House," SC observes
11:00 am: Question is can a party come, seek court's intervention to hold floor test within 24 hours: Centre to SC
10:59 am: "Governor acted reasonably because he acted on the material placed before him," Bar and Bench quoted Rohatgi as saying.
10:58 am: Senior Counsel Mukul Rohatgi, appearing for Maharashtra BJP, begins to make his submissions, reports Bar and Bench.
10:56 am: "Governor invited BJP to form Govt and has given them time till Nov 30 to prove majority. But now such time has come that the post poll alliance is seeking floor test immediately in 24 hours," Bar and Bench quoted Tushar Mehta as saying.
10:55 am: SG explains Maha guv had invited Shiv Sena, BJP and NCP for govt formation, President's rule was imposed only after they failed.
10:53 am: Solicitor General Tushar Mehta hands over to SC the original letter of Maharashtra Governor inviting BJP leader Devendra Fadnavis to form government in Maharashtra.
10:52 am: Congress-NCP-Shiv Sena leaders submitted a letter of MLAs supporting their alliance, to the officials at Raj Bhavan in Mumbai.
10:52 am: Solicitor General Tushar Mehta to SC-Maharashtra Guv received letter of support from 54 NCP MLAs from Ajit Pawar on Nov22. The letter states that he (Ajit Pawar) is the head of NCP legislative party and has signatures of 54 NCP MLAs supporting him.
10:46 am: SC says it is not considering prayer of Shiv Sena-NCP-Congress that they be invited to form govt in Maharashtra.
10:45 am: Shiv Sena has 56, NCP 54, INC 44 seats. There was talk about horse trading but Guv possibly felt that entire stable is stolen. I'm seeking time to file reply as there are questions which need to be discussed: Solicitor General Tushar Mehta to Supreme Court
10:41 am: I have the original documents with me: Solicitor General Tushar Mehta to Supreme Court
10:40 am: Devendra Fadnavis and Ajit Pawar pay tribute to former Maharashtra Chief Minister Yashwantrao Balwantrao Chavan on his death anniversary at Vidhan Bhawan
10:36 am: Supreme Court hearing begins
10:30 am: Leaders of Congress-NCP-Shiv Sena arrive at the Raj Bhavan in Mumbai, reports ANI.
10:29 am: Sharad Pawar pays floral tribute to former Maharashtra Chief Minister Yashwantrao Balwantrao Chavan at Karad on his death anniversary
10:22 am: "Today, record of Guv to be placed. I've seen that along with letter of Fadnavis there was a letter by Ajit Pawar as head of legislative party with signatures of all NCP MLAs. Guv was right in granting an invitation to him to form govt," said M Rohatgi, who is appearing for Maharashtra BJP in Supreme Court
10:10 am: "Today Shiv Sena-NCP-Congress will go to meet Governor," ANI quoted Sena's Sanjay Raut as saying.
"There are four people in 'Operation Kamal'; CBI, ED, Income Tax dept and Police carry out 'Operation Kamal'. But it will not yield any result here. If you have the majority then why do you need an 'Operation Kamal'?," he added.
10:10 am: Delhi: Shiv Sena leader Anil Desai arrives at the Supreme Court; SC to continue to hear today the petition jointly filed by the NCP-Congress and Shiv Sena against the formation of BJP-led government in Maharashtra
10:00 am: "Devendra Fadnavis must realise that he does not have a majority. He should realise that he has made a mistake. If he doesn't resign, we will certainly defeat the government on the floor of the House," ANI quoted NCP's Nawab Malik as saying.
9:50 am: "We have support of 165 MLAs. 53 NCP MLAs are with us. Ajit Pawar has done a mistake, he should resign," ANI quoted NCP's Nawab Malik as saying.
9:30 am: Delhi: Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury, Ghulam Nabi Azad, KC Venugopal and other leaders of Congress party arrive at 10 Janpath for Congress Parliamentary Strategy Group meet.
9:05 am: NCP leader Chhagan Bhujbal reaches Ajit Pawar's residence to talk to him, reports ANI.
9:05 am: Leader of Congress in Lok Sabha, Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury, and Congress' Chief Whip in Lok Sabha, K Suresh have given adjournment motion notice in the House on Maharashtra issue.
9:00 am: Rajya Sabha MP Binoy Viswam has given Suspension of Business Notice in Rajya Sabha under rule 267 over 'Maharashtra government formation'.
8:48 am: NCP MLAs Anil Patil & Daulat Daroda (in yellow shirts), at Hotel Hyatt where other MLAs of the party are lodged. They were brought from Delhi by Sonia Doohan, President of NCP's Nationalist Student Congress & Dheeraj Sharma, President of NCP's Nationalist Youth Congress.
8:30 am: The Shiv Sena-NCP-Congress alliance is expected to submit affidavits of 154 MLAs to the Supreme Court today to claim that it has a majority in the 288-member Maharastra Assembly where 145 is the majority mark.
8:27 am: "52 MLAs of the party have come back to us, one more is in touch with us," NCP's Nawab Malik to news agency ANI
8:21 am: The apex court had also asked Solicitor General Tushar Mehta to produce relevant documents from Governor’s letter for inviting BJP to form government and letter of support of MLAs by 10.30 am today.
8:20 am: The top court, in a special hearing on Sunday, had issued a notice to Centre, Maharashtra government, Devendra Fadnavis and Ajit Pawar on Congress-NCP-Shiv Sena's plea.
8:15 am: The Supreme Court will take a call on floor test in Maharashtra today.
Posted By: Aalok Sensharma