Mumbai | Jagran News Desk: The Supreme Court today issued notices to the Centre and Maharashtra government on a petition filed by the Shiv Sena-NCP-Cong combine against the Maharashtra Governor's decision to swear in Devendra Fadnavis as chief minister.

A bench of Justices N V Ramana, Ashok Bhushan and Sanjiv Khanna also isused notices to Fadnavis and Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar.

In a major twist of events, BJP leader Devendra Fadnavis and NCP’s Ajit Pawar took oath as Chief Minister and Deputy Chief Minister of Maharashtra, ending the month long impasse in the state. However, it sparked a political storm in the country. Later, NCP chief Sharad Pawar said that Ajit Pawar’s decision to support is his personal and party does not support or endorse him adding that it’s against the party line and is indiscipline.

Meanwhile, the Shiv Sena-NCP-Congress filed a writ petition in Supreme Court against Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari for inviting Devendra Fadnavis to form the government. In their plea, the trio alleged that the Governor’s invite to Fadnavis to form the government and the oath-taking ceremony was illegal and sought quashing of his decision to swear-in him as CM.  

Here are the highlights of today on Maharashtra Government Formation:

20:29 pm: I am with party, I am with Pawar saheb. Please don’t spread rumours: NCP's Dhananjay Munde

19:46 pm: Mumbai: Senior congress leader Ahmed Patel arrives at JW Marriott Hotel, where Congress MLAs are currently lodged. Other party leaders Ashok Chavan, Balasaheb Thorat, Sushil Kumar Shinde and Mallikarjun Kharge are already present at the hotel.

19:16 pm: NCP to move its MLAs to Hotel Hyatt, due to security reasons, from Hotel Renaissance where they are currently lodged, reports ANI.

19:15 pm: 50 MLAs are with us but not everyone is at the hotel, 4 MLAs who are kept somewhere by BJP people, are in constant touch with us and will definitely come back: Nawab Malik

18:05 pm: Sharad Pawar: There is no question of forming an alliance with BJP. NCP has unanimously decided to ally with Shiv Sena and Congress to form the government. Shri Ajit Pawar’s statement is false and misleading in order to create confusion and false perception among the people.

17:37 pm: 'I'm in NCP and Sharad Pawar will always remain our leader': Ajit Pawar soon after promising 'stable govt'

17:36 pm: Senior-most member of the assembly should be made the Pro-tem Speaker as per the precedence. BJP is trying to gain more time from the Supreme Court, you can understand the motive behind this, they are trying to poach MLAs from other parties: Congress' Ashk Chavan

17:04 pm: Shiv Sena's Aaditya Thackeray and Sanjay Raut met Nationalist Congress Party's Supriya Sule and Rohit Pawar at Hotel Renaissance, earlier today.

17:03 pm: Ashish Shelar, BJP after meeting of party legislators in Mumbai: In this meeting we discussed & decided the strategy to comfortably pass our floor test. We also passed a resolution congratulating Devendra Fadnavis on taking oath as Chief Minister.

17:01 pm: Shiv Sena Chief Uddhav Thackeray along with Aditya Thackeray, arrives at Lalit Hotel where Shiv Sena MLAs are lodged.

16:27 pm: Ajit Pawar thanks PM Modi, Amit Shah; assures them of stable govt in state

16:13 pm: Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray while addressing the NCP MLAs said ,"Do not worry, this relationship will go long, our alliance will go a long way".

16:12 pm: "Thank you Honourable Prime Minister Narendra Modi ji. We will ensure a stable Government that will work hard for the welfare of the people of Maharashtra," says Ajit Pawar in a tweet.

16:06 pm: "NCP chief Sharad Pawar and Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray to hold a closed door meet in the Renaissance hotel, Mumbai after the meeting with NCP MLAs concludes," ANI quoted NCP sources as saying.

16:01 pm: Meeting of Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) MLAs chaired by party Chief Sharad Pawar, underway at Hotel Renaissance. Shiv Sena Chief Uddhav Thackeray and Sanjay Raut also present.

15:48 pm: Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, BJP State President Chandrakant Patil, and other party leaders at meeting of the legislators of the party.

15:47 pm: Maharashtra Governor should tender his resignation on moral grounds. His actions were hand in hand with BJP, which is unfortunate: Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot

15:38 pm: Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis arrives at BJP office for a meeting of the legislators of the party. Union Minister Piyush Goyal has also arrived. 

15:15 pm: ‘This govt is illegitimate, will prove it’: Congress as SC issues notice to state govt seeking composite floor test

14:57 pm: 

14:48 pm: Shiv Sena leader Aaditya Thackeray has also arrived at the Renaissance Hotel to meet NCP MLAs.

14:48 pm: Congress Parliamentary Strategy Group to meet tomorrow at 10 Janpath (official residence of party interim president Sonia Gandhi).

14:40 pm: Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray arrives at Renaissance Hotel, in Mumbai, to meet NCP MLAs.

14:21 pm: NCP MLA Manikrao Kokate has reached Renaissance Hotel where other MLAs of the party are staying. He had reportedly accompanied Dy CM Ajit Pawar to the Governor’s residence & was missing since y'day. NCP chief Sharad Pawar is present at the hotel to meet the MLAs.

14:21 pm: Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray has left from his residence for Renaissance Hotel, to meet NCP MLAs.

14:04 pm: NCP MLA Manikrao Kokate reaches Renaissance Hotel where other MLAs of the party are staying. He had reportedly accompanied Dy CM Ajit Pawar to the Governor’s residence & was missing since y'day. NCP chief Sharad Pawar is present at the hotel to meet the MLAs

13:53 pm: Ashish Shelar, BJP: All lawyers of Congress-NCP-Shiv Sena were pleading to Supreme Court that floor test needs to be done today. After seeing the proceeding and the order it has been established that Supreme Court hasn't come to that conclusion, their request has been rejected.

13:46 pm: In the special hearing on a holiday, the Supreme Court issued notices to the Centre, Maharashtra government on the petition filed by Shiv Sena-NCP-Congress combine against the Maharashtra Governor's decision to swear in Fadnavis as chief minister.

13:37 pm: Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) Chief Sharad Pawar arrives at Renaissance Hotel, in Mumbai, to meet NCP MLAs.

13:06 pm: Anand Sharma, Congress on SC issues notice to Centre, Maharashtra Govt on Congress-NCP-Shiv Sena's plea: The midnight coup was unprecedented. There was no grave emergency b/w midnight and the day. It shows the intent. SC should go into all aspects otherwise it'll become a practice.

13:05 pm: Produce guv order, letter of support to Fadnavis by 10.30 am tomorrow: SC

12:42 pm: Justice NV Ramana when Mukul Rohatgi (appearing for #Maharashtra BJP) questioned the plea for relief filed by Congress-NCP-Shiv Sena, earlier today in Supreme Court: In this court, sky is the limit, anybody can ask for anything. Any person can ask to make him the Prime Minister.

12:41 pm: Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) Chief Sharad Pawar leaves from his residence to meet NCP MLAs at Renaissance Hotel.

12:28 pm: SC issues notice to Maharashtra government and Centre on Sena-NCP-Congress petition seeking composite floor test while challenging invitation to Fadnavis to form government.

12:26 pm: Mukul Rohatgi, appearing for Maharashtra BJP on Congress-NCP-Shiv Sena's plea: Can the SC order the Governor to advance floor test? The petition is without annexures, they don’t know anything, they were sleeping for three weeks. There is no supporting document to their claims.

12:17 pm: Mukul Rohatgi, appearing for Maharashtra BJP on Congress-NCP-Shiv Sena's plea: There is no need for court to pass order today. There was no illegality in Governor decision. Court should not pass order to fix date of floor test. The three parties here have no fundamental rights.

12:16 pm: Mukul Rohatgi, appearing for Maharashtra BJP in Supreme Court on Congress-NCP-Shiv Sena's plea: There are some things that are with the President which are not even open to judicial intervention.

12:11 pm: Abhishek Manu Singhvi, appearing for NCP-Congress, on Congress-NCP-Shiv Sena's plea: How can it be possible that who took oath yesterday claiming majority, is today shying away from floor test?

12:11 pm: Abhishek Manu Singhvi, appearing for NCP-Congress, on Congress-NCP-Shiv Sena's plea: Supreme Court has consistently ordered floor tests to be held immediately whether it’s in UP in 1998 or Karnataka in 2018. May the best person win, let’s have the composite floor today or tomorrow

12:04 pm: Abhishek Manu Singhvi, appearing for NCP and Congress, says in Supreme Court, "How come Ajit Pawar becomes the Deputy CM with the support of only around 42-43 seats? It is the murder of democracy."

12:04 pm: Abhishek Manu Singhvi, appearing for NCP-Congress, says in Supreme Court, "When the announcement was made at 7 pm that we are staking claim to form govt and Uddhav Thackeray will lead it, couldn’t the Governor wait?"

12:04 pm: Abhishek Manu Singhvi, appearing for NCP-Congress, says in Supreme Court "Obligations of Governor is to form a prima facie satisfaction of majority on a written document-document to have signatures, physical verification, satisfaction based on these things. This is the criterion"

11:58 am: Kapil Sibal appearing for Shiv Sena in Supreme Court, on Shiv Sena, NCP and Congress' plea says, "We have seen this in Karnataka also. If they (BJP) have the majority, then let them show their majority."

11:58 am: Kapil Sibal appearing for Shiv Sena in Supreme Court, on Shiv Sena, NCP & Congress' plea: The people of Maharashtra need a government. When we are saying we have the majority we are ready to show it. We are ready to show the majority tomorrow.

11:57 am: Mukul Rohatgi, appearing for Maharashtra BJP in Supreme Court: I don’t know why there is hearing on Sunday, there should not be any hearing on Sunday. According to me this matter (Shiv Sena-NCP-Congress' plea) should not be listed.

11:50 am: I have presented him a letter about the meeting which took place yesterday of NCP legislative party: Jayant Patil, NCP

11:48 am: Kapil Sibal appearing for Shiv Sena in SC, on Shiv Sena, NCP and Congress' plea against decision of Guv inviting Devendra Fadnavis to form govt: Court should order floor test today itself. If BJP has majority,let them prove in assembly. If they don’t, let us stake the claim.

11:48 am: Shiv Sena-NCP-Congress' plea against Maharashtra Guv inviting Devendra Fadnavis to form govt: Kapil Sibal, in the Supreme Court says, "When somebody had announced at 7 pm that we are forming govt, the act of Guv is biased, malafide, contrary to all laws established by this Court"

11:47 am: Kapil Sibal appearing for Shiv Sena in Supreme Court, on joint plea of Shiv Sena, NCP and Congress against the decision of Guv inviting Devendra Fadnavis to form govt: At 5.17am y'day President's Rule was revoked and at 8am 2 persons sworn-in as CM & Deputy CM. What documents were given?

11:40 am: Kapil Sibal in Supreme Court, for Shiv Sena: The majority is 145 seats in the state. Pre-poll alliance comes first. The pre poll alliance broke down. Now, we are relying on post-poll alliance.

11:40 am: Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) leaders went to the Governor's House today, met the officials of the Raj Bhavan and submitted a list of their present legislative party and leader of the legislative party, reports ANI

11:40 am SC hearing begins

11:37 am:  SC bench of Justices N V Ramana, Ashok Bhushan and Sanjiv Khanna assemble for special Sunday hearing on plea of Shiv Seba, NCP and Congress.

11:30 am: SC to hear Sena-NCP-Congress plea shortly.

11:28 am: Ashok Chavan, Congress: I met Pawar sa'ab. I have been told that the letter of the MLAs was misused by Ajit Pawar, the MLAs of Pawar sa'ab (Sharad Pawar) have denied giving any kind of support through that letter, they say their letter was misused.

11:24 am: Courtroom has just opened. Senior Counsel Kapil Sibal, Abhishek Manu Singhvi, and Devadatt Kamat as well as Solicitor General Tushar Mehta present in the Court, reports Bar and Bench.

11:08 am: Ashish Shelar, BJP: How can those, who could not decide their Common Minimum Programme in last 10 days, parade MLAs before the Governor in 10 minutes?

11:07 am: Ashish Shelar, BJP: Governor had asked (Shiv Sena) them about their willingness and ability to form the govt. Showing interest to form government and giving time to form government are two different things. Shiv Sena is confusing these two.

11:06 am: Ajit Pawar has committed a mistake. Efforts are being made since yesterday to make him understand, he has not given any indication so far. It will be better if he realises his mistake: Nawab Malik 

11:02 am: By this evening all the MLAs of our party will come back to us. Fadnavis ji will not be able to prove majority on the floor of the House, we demand him that he tenders his resignation: Nawab Malik

10:55 am: They say the swearing-in was done in the darkness of the night. We are people who go to 'shakha' early morning and that is 'Ram Prahar' (time) as per our belief. How would they, who forgot lord Ram, understand the importance of 'Ram Prahar'?: BJP's Ashish Shelar 

10:54 am: We will follow whatever the Supreme Court says but the Governor has given us time till 30th November, we will prove majority with 170 MLAs or more than that: BJP's Ashish Shelar

10:54 am: Congress leader Ashok Chavan arrives at NCP Chief Sharad Pawar's residence in Mumbai.

10:53 am: Mumbai: NCP MLA Dilip Walse Patil reaches Maharashtra Deputy CM Ajit Pawar's residence to meet him, reports ANI.

10:39 am: ‘Can prove majority any time in House, we have support of 165 MLAs’: Sanjay Raut

10:31 am: 49-50 MLAs of the party are with us right now, 1-2 are coming too. All the MLAs have been kept together here. NCP-Congress-Shiv Sena government will be formed in Maharashtra, 100 per cent: NCP's Chhagan Bhujbal

10:26 am: Ajit Pawar took false documents to Raj Bhawan yesterday & governor accepted those documents. Even if today, Governor asks us to prove majority, we can do it right now. 49 NCP MLAs are with us: Sanjay Raut

10:24 am: BJP is of the view that Ajit Pawar's appointment as NCP legislative party leader was valid and appointment of Jayant Patil in his place today is invalid: BJP leader Ashish Shelar

10:22 am: Sharad Pawar is a national leader. If BJP is trying to form government, it will not happen. It is a wrong step taken by BJP & Ajit Pawar. 165 MLAs are with Shiv Sena, Congress & NCP: Shiv Sena's Sanjay Raut

10:15 am: The petitioners - Shiv Sena, NCP and Congress - have requested the Supreme Court to order a floor test to be held on Sunday itself. Senior Congress leader and advocate Kapil Sibal will appear in the court on behalf of the petitioners.

10:12 am: Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) MLA Baban Shinde arrives at NCP Chief Sharad Pawar's residence in Mumbai. He did not attend the NCP Legislative Party Meeting yesterday.

9:52 am: Senior advocate Mukul Rohatgi to appear for Maharashtra BJP in Supreme Court today. SC will be hearing today at 11.30 am the joint plea of Shiv Sena, NCP and Indian National Congress against the decision of Maharashtra Governor inviting Devendra Fadnavis to form government yesterday, reports ANI.

9:43 am: Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) legislative party leader Jayant Patil arrives at NCP Chief Sharad Pawar's residence in Mumbai.

9:42 am: Mumbai: Congress MLAs being shifted to JW Marriott Hotel in Andheri, reports ANI.

9:41 am: Ajit's overnight coup reminds of Sharad Pawar's action 41 yrs ago

9:25 am: BJP MP Sanjay Kakade arrives at NCP Chief Sharad Pawar's residence in Mumbai.

9:21 am: Delhi: Maharashtra Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari reaches Rashtrapati Bhavan to attend the annual Conference of Governors, reports ANI.

9:10 am: The Congress won just 44 seats in the state. 

9:07 am: Meanwhile, the Shiv Sena and NCP won 56 and 54 seats.

9:00 am: In the recently concluded polls in the state, the BJP emerged as the single largest party by winning 105 seats.

8:46 am: NCP sacks Ajit Pawar as legislative unit head, says ‘he defied party politics’

8:39 am: "Facing the prospect of a non-BJP government staking claim to power, the BJP on the intervening night of November 22 and 23 resorted to political machinations in an attempt to install a completely unconstitutional BJP government in the state," it added.

8:30 am: "It is submitted that the governor has acted in a partisan manner and made a mockery of the high office of governor," the trio said in its plea.

8:19 am: Fadnavis takes oath as CM, Ajit Pawar becomes his deputy CM, a look at how leaders reacted to this turnaround

8:14 am: A bench of justices N V Ramana, Ashok Bhushan and Sanjiv Khanna will hear the plea today. 

8:12 am: The parties further prayed for an "immediate floor test within 24 hours so as to avoid further horse trading and illegal maneuvers to somehow cobble up a majority from the MVA (Maha Vikas Aghadi)".

8:10 am: The petitioners alleged that the governor has acted in a "partisan manner" and allowed himself to be a "pawn in the BJP's illegal usurpation of power".

8:05 am: In their plea, the trio alleged that the Governor’s invite to Fadnavis to form the government and the oath-taking ceremony was illegal and sought quashing of his decision to swear-in him as CM. Now the apex court will hear their plea at 11:30 am today.

8:00 am: The Supreme Court will hear the Congress, Shiv Sena and the NCP's writ plea against Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari at 11:30 am today.

Posted By: Aalok Sensharma