New Delhi | Jagran News Desk: In the political hustle for power in Maharashtra, BJP's Devendra Fadnavis, who sworn-in as the Chief Minister on Saturday along with NCP's Ajit Pawar, who took oath as the Deputy Chief Minister, resigned from their respective posts paving way for the Shiv Sena-NCP-Congress 'Maharashtra Vikas Aghadi' to form the government in the state. The resignation came hours after the Supreme Court ordered the floor test for the Fadnavis-led BJP government on Wednesday to prove their majority in the house. 

The top court also ordered Maharashtra Governor Bhagat Singh Koshiyari to appoint the senior-most legislator as the Pro-tem Speaker who will administer the oath of the MLAs to form the government in the state. After the resignations of Devendra Fadnavis and Ajit Pawar, Governor Bhagat Singh Koshiyari appointed BJP MLA Kalidas Kolambkar as the Pro-tem speaker. Soon after taking the oath as Pro-tem Speaker, Kolambkar said that the oath-taking ceremony will start from 8 am tomorrow. 

The Supreme Court on Monday reserved its order on a joint petition filed by Shiv Sena, NCP and 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. A bench comprising Justices N V Ramana, Ashok Bhushan and Sanjiv Khanna said it will pass the order at 10:30 am today.

On Monday, 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’. 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.

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

Here is what happened in Maharashtra politics today:

6:00 pm: Nawab Malik, NCP: Shiv Sena was not born to do communal politics , they came into existence to serve the people of Maharashtra. Shiv Sena was spoiled after joining hand with BJP

5:50 pm: "Till yesterday the BJP was saying thay we (Cong NCP Sena) do not have numbers. But after the SC order, they realised their situation and finally, Fadnavis resigned. After Uddhav Thackeray is elected as our leader, we will go to the governor to stake claim to form the government," NCP leader Nawab Malik said. 

5:47 pm: Protem Speaker Kalidas Kolambkar: Tomorrow the first session of new assembly begins. From 8.00 am onwards oath will be administered to the MLAs.

5:35 pm: Devendra Fadnavis says the governor has asked him to act as the caretaker CM till alternative arrangements can be made. 

5:30 pm: Nawab Malik,NCP: Our alliance(NCP-Shiv Sena-Congress) will last for a long time. This is the start of BJPs end,BJP has become very arrogant. Sharad Pawar saheb had said that Uddhav ji will be the Chief Minister and Uddhav ji has also agreed to this

5:20 pm: Maharashtra: BJP MLA Kalidas Kolambkar takes oath as Protem Speaker, at Raj Bhawan in Mumbai. Oath administered by Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari

5:15 pm: Congress leader Kapil Sibal on Devendra Fadnavis resignation: They knew they did not have the majority but they wanted more time.The Governor gave them 14 days, so obviously they all were hand in glove, they were hoping Courts will not interfere.

5:10 pm: Senior Congress leaders KC Venugopal and Ahmed Patel leave for Mumbai.

5:05 pm: Maharashtra Governor assigns six-time BJP MLA Kalidas Kolambkar as a pro-tem speaker. He will be required to administer oaths of the elected MLAs before a permanent speaker can be elected.

5:03 pm: ANI Sources | Congress President Sonia Gandhi has given her consent to the Common Minimum Program(CMP) of the three parties(Shiv Sena-NCP-Congress), CMP to be released after the joint meeting today. Modalities have been finalized between the alliance parties. 

5:00 pm: Rajasthan CM Ashok Gehlot said, "In the end, the truth always wins. Today, on the occasion of Constitution Day, democratic values have won and the people of Maharashtra have got justice. On Constitution Day, this incident has been recorded in history, the Constitution has won and the real face of BJP has been revealed."

4:55 pm: Following the resignation of Devendra Fadnavis as Maharashtra CM, Congress will now officially ask for the resignation of the governor. They may even go to the President as well to demand the same. 

4:50 pm: NCP spokesperson Nawab Malik said, "Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis' resignation is the victory of the people of Maharashtra. Jai Maharashtra."  

4:45 pm: Former UP CM Akhilesh Yadav said, "Today, on Constitution Day, those who follow the Constitution have won and the losers have been defeated. Taking moral responsibility for the misuse of special constitutional power, everyone whose 'morning mistake' has embarrassed the country in front of the whole world, should also resign."

4:40 pm: "Have requested Maharashtra governor to accept Fadnavis' resignation and invite Shiv Sena-NCP-Cong alliance to form govt. We demand that Uddhav Thackeray be invited to form government in Maharashtra immediately," Congress' Prithviraj Chavan said.

4:35 pm: Following the resignation of Devendra Fadnavis as Maharashtra CM, Randeep Surjewala says PM Modi and Home Minister Amit Shah need to answer certain questions.

4:30 pm: Devendra Fadnavis submits his resignation to Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari

4:20 pm: Mumbai: Devendra Fadnavis reaches Raj Bhawan to submit his resignation

4:06 pm: Devendra Fadnavis: He(Ajit Pawar) told me that he has resigned due to personal reasons. Today evening there will be joint press conference of the three(Shiv Sena-Congress-NCP) parties and a meeting. In the meeting leader of joint legislative party will be elected, I think Uddhav Ji will be elected.

4:03 pm: KC Venugopal, Congress on Devendra Fadnavis and Ajit Pawar resign: This is a victory of constitutional democracy. They thought through horse-trading they can make Govt. This is not only a failure of Devendra Fadnavis but also a slap on faces of their masters sitting in Delhi. Today evening there will be joint press conference of the three(Shiv Sena-Congress-NCP) parties and a meeting. In the meeting leader of joint legislative party will be elected, I think Uddhav ji will be elected

3:54 pm: Devendra Fadnavis | We had decided that we will never indulge in horse-trading, that we will never try to break away any MLA. Those who said that we indulge in horse-trading bought the entire horse stable.

3:52 pm: Devendra Fadnavis will tender his resignation to Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari by this evening. This comes soon after Ajit Pawar resigned as the Deputy Chief Minister of Maharashtra three days after their dramatic swearing-in ceremony on Saturday. 

3:50 pm: Devendra Fadnavis adds, "Even an auto runs on three wheels, but if the three wheels work in three directions, then we know what happens. That is what is in store for the Sena+NCP+Congress government."

3:48 pm: Devendra Fadnavis | "We had from day one taking the position that we won't break anyone, we won't do horse-trading. I give my best wishes to those who are to form the government. I am sure they will give a good government but I am afraid, this govt will get buried under its own burden. Sena leaders yesterday took Sonia Gandhi's oath. Such helplessness for power for Sena. Congratulations on that helplessness. Only to remove BJP, they have all come together. The BJP will work as an effective opposition. We will give voice to the people. Now, this government with three wheels."

3:46 pm: Devendra Fadnavis | The hunger for power is such that now Shiv Sena leaders are even willing to ally with Sonia Gandhi.

3:44 pm: Devendra Fadnavis says, "Ajit Pawar decided to help us to form the government. After talking with him, we formed the government on that basis. Today, when the Supreme Court gave its order, Ajit Pawar met and told me that he can't continue in the alliance. He tendered his resignation. Since he resigned, we don't have a majority. 

3:43 pm: Devendra Fadnavis | After this, I'll go to Raj Bhavan and tender my resignation. I wish them all the best whoever will form the govt. But that will be a very unstable govt as there is a huge difference in opinions.

3:42 pm: Devendra Fadnavis Resigns As Maharashtra Chief Minister After Deputy Ajit Pawar Quits.

3:41 pm: Devendra Fadnavis | We waited for them(Shiv Sena) for a long time but they didn't respond and instead talked to Congress-NCP. People who never stepped outside Matoshree(Thackeray residence) to meet anyone were going door to door to make government with NCP and Congress

3:40 pm: Devendra Fadnavis says, "Three completely different parties whose ideologies never matched, tried to create the government. Their agenda was to keep the BJP out of power."

3:39 pm: Devendra Fadnavis: Shiv Sena told us before the election, that they will go with anyone which gives them the CM post.

3:38 pm: At the press conference, BJP's Devendra Fadnavis says, "Everyone knows that the mandate for the BJP. We had 105 MLAs. To respect this mandate of people, we tried to give a government. Unfortunately, the Shiv Sena realised even when it wasn't committed, that their bargaining power was high, hence they started bargaining from day one. We kept clarifying that we never promised CM post to Shiv Sena. We were asked to form the government. We refused. Sena made fun of itself by claiming the have figures. None of the parties showed strength. So, the President's Rule was imposed."

3:37 pm: Devendra Fadnavis | In elections clear majority was given to Mahayuti and BJP got maximum 105 seats. We contested with Shiv Sena, but this mandate was for BJP because BJP won 70 percent seats out of all seats we contested. 

3:35 pm: As you all are aware, it was the BJP that got the people's mandate. But since we fought lesser seats, we got the number that we have. Should we have contested all the seats, it would have been a different story: Devendra Fadnavis

3:30 pm: The Bharatiya Janata Party to begin their press conference shortly, where Devendra Fadnavis is expected to resign as the Chief Minister of Maharashtra.

3:25 pm: Leader of Congress in the Lok Sabha Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury says, "This was bound to happen. If they want to run away before the floor tests it's upto them. We have the numbers."

3:15 pm: Sanjay Raut, Shiv Sena: Ajit dada has resigned and he is with us. Uddhav Thackeray will be the Chief Minister of for 5 years.

2:40 pm: Jayant Patil, NCP: It's you from whom I have come to know about the resignation of Ajit Pawar. I don't know about it, I would like to make a comment on it only after getting to know everything about it.

2:25 pm: In a dramatic turn of events, ANI reported that Ajit Pawar has resigned as Deputy Chief Minister of Maharashtra just three days after he was sworn-in in a drastic move. 

2:10 pm: Union Minister Ramdas Athawale: We respect the Supreme Court's order of carrying out a floor test tomorrow. NDA doesn't have the majority yet, I am sure we will get it by tomorrow as we trust Ajit Pawar that he will bring his MLAs.

2:00 pm: Jayant Patil, NCP: I hope the Governor will listen to us and make Balasaheb Thorat, the senior most member of the House, the Pro-Tem Speaker.

1:45 pm: Mumbai: Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis to address the media at 3.30 pm today.

1:30 pm:  MLAs of NCP, Shiv Sena and Congress to hold a joint meeting at 5 pm today to elect the leader of their alliance.

1:20 pm: Meeting of NCP and Shiv Sena leaders underway at Sofitel Hotel in Mumbai. Leaders including Sharad Pawar, Praful Patel, Jayant Patil, Supriya Sule, Chhagan Bhujbal,Uddhav Thackeray, Aaditya Thackeray and Sanjay Raut present

1:05 pm: BJP leader Ram Madhav, on 'Shiv Sena-NCP-Congress MLAs' pledge at Hotel Grand Hyatt y'day': Majority has to be proven not in hotels or elsewhere but on the floor of the House. We're confident that on the floor of the house our govt will be able to prove its majority.

12:45 pm: Former Prime Minister & Congress leader Dr. Manmohan Singh on Opposition boycotting joint session of Parliament on : It is not a disservice to the Constitution. It's reminder to everyone that the constitutional norms are being violated by the present establishment

12:33 pm: Maharashtra Congress President Balasaheb Thorat elected Congress Legislative Party leader

12:29 pm: Former Prime Minister & Congress leader Dr. Manmohan Singh on 'if NCP-Shiv Sena-Congress will be able to form a govt in Maharashtra': I hope they will. We all respect the Supreme Court, we should respect its judgement.

12:24 pm: BJP leader Rao Saheb Danve: We will prove our majority. Tonight at 9 pm, all BJP MLAs will meet at Garware Club in Mumbai

12:17 pm: A meeting of Congress MLAs underway at J W Marriott Hotel in Mumbai. Senior Congress leaders Mallikarjun Kharge, Balasaheb Thorat and Ashok Chavan are present in the meeting.

12:10 pm: Meanwhile, all Bharatiya Janata Party MLAs will meet at the Wankhede Stadium at 9pm tonight a day after the Maharashtra Progressive Front comprising NCP, Shiv Sena and the Congress paraded their 162 MLAs at Hotel Hyat last night.

12:00 pm: NCP patriarch Sharad Pawar and chief spokesperson Nawab Malik arrive at Hotel Sofitel to meet  their party MLAs. Some NCP MLAs are staying at the Hotel.

11:54 am: Mumbai: BJP MLA Haribhau Bagade arrives at the residence of Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis. He was the Speaker of the previous assembly and officially, he is the Speaker till the next Speaker assumes charge. He arrived in the official car of the Speaker. 

11:47 am: On this Constitution Day the SC has rightly upheld the democratic spirit enshrined in the Constitution. The illegitimate CM Devendra Fadnavis must resign, tweeted former chief minister of Maharashtra Prithviraj Chavan.

11:42 am: Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar arrives at the residence of CM Devendra Fadnavis after the Supreme Court ordered for a floor test tomorrow.

11:37 am: Sanjay Raut, Shiv Sena on Maharashtra Floor Test tomorrow: Truth has won. The court has given 30 hours, we can prove majority in 30 minutes.

11:30 am: Maharashtra verdict a tribute to Dr BR Ambedkar, tweets NCP supremo Sharad Pawar.

11:22 am: Delhi: Leaders of Opposition parties, including Congress' Sonia Gandhi, former PM & Congress leader Manmohan Singh and Shiv Sena's Arvind Sawant, hold a protest in front of the Ambedkar Statue in Parliament.

11:18 am: Supreme Court in its order said: In a situation wherein, if the floor test is delayed, there is a possibility of horse-trading, it becomes incumbent upon the Court to act to protect democratic values. An immediate floor test, in such a case, might be the most effective mechanism to do so. In the present case, the oath has not been administered to the elected members even though a month has elapsed since the declaration of election results. In such emergent facts and circumstances, to curtail unlawful practices such as horse-trading, to avoid uncertainty and to effectuate smooth running of democracy by ensuring a stable Government, we are of the considered opinion that it is necessary to pass certain interim directions in this case. It is necessary and expedient to conduct the floor test as soon as possible to determine whether the chief minister, who was administered the oath of office, has the support of the majority or not. Since the elected members of the Legislative Assembly are yet to take oath as specified in the III Schedule of the Constitution, and the Speaker is also yet to be elected, we request the Governor of the State of Maharashtra to ensure that a floor test be held on 27.11.2019. As per established norms, the senior most member must be called for assuming the role of pro­tem Speaker, after which there must be an open ballot and the same should be   captured in a video recording so as to ensure transparency.

11:15 am: Truth can never be defeated, tweets Shiv Sena's Sanjay Raut after Supreme Court verdict.

11:13 am: The following 6 names have been submitted for Protem Speaker to the Governor:

1. Radhakrishna Vikhe-Patil (BJP) 

2. Kalidas Kolambkar (BJP)

3. Babanrao Bhikaji Pachpute, (BJP)

4.  Balasaheb Thorat (Congress)

5. KC Padvi (Congress)

6. Dilip Walse Patil (NCP)

11:10 am: Mumbai: Ashish Shelar, Raosaheb Danve, Girish Mahajan, Bhupendra Yadav and other BJP leaders arrive at the residence of Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis for party's core committee meeting.

11:05 am: Prithviraj Chavan, Congress| Sena, Cong, NCP satisfied with SC order of floor test in Maha assembly, Constitution respected on Constitution Day. Tomorrow, at 11 am, members to take oath and at 5 pm Pro-tem Speaker to hold Floor Test in Maharashtra Assembly. All 3 parties (Congress-NCP-Shiv Sena) are satisfied with the Supreme Court order. Devendra Fadnavis should resign today.

11:03 am: Nawab Malik, NCP on 'SC orders Floor Test in Maharashtra Assembly on Nov 27' | Today's verdict of the SC is a milestone in Indian democracy. Before 5 pm tomorrow, it will be clear that BJP's game is over. In a few days, there will a govt of Shiv Sena-NCP-Congress in Maharashtra.

11:01 am: The seniority of an MLA is the prerequisite for the appointment of a pro-tem speaker of the Assembly. In the Maharashtra Assembly, two senior-most leaders of the are Balasaheb Thorat of Congress and Kalidas Kolambkar of BJP

11:00 am: Maharashtra Govt Formation | Supreme Court orders floor test on Wednesday

10:54 am: Meanwhile, Kapil Sibal, who represented Shiv Sena, also mentioned before the Supreme Court bench about the application to stop Devendra Fadnavis from taking policy decisions. However, the bench didn't comment on the matter.

10:52 am: Congress interim president Sonia Gandhi also welcomes Supreme Court's order to conduct the floor test in Maharashtra tomorrow and says that the Maharashtra Progressive Front led by Shiv Sena, Congress and NCP will clear the test.

10:51 am: NCP's Nawab Malik tweets "Satyameva Jayate" (truth alone triumphs) after Supreme Court verdict on Maharashtra floor test.

10:48 am: Senior most MLA of the House to be nominated as the Protem Speaker. The pro tem speaker will have to be appointed immediately by the Governor, says Supreme Court. 

10:45 am: Kapil Sibal appearing for Shiv Sena-NCP-Congress alliance in Supreme Court, mentioned before the SC to restrain the Devendra Fadnavis Government from taking important policy decisions.

10:44 am: The Supreme Court ordered that the oath to members must be concluded by 5pm, following which the floor test should be conducted.

10:42 am: The Supreme Court bench ordered for a floor-test by a protem speaker.

10:40 am: The Supreme Court bench says the floor test should be conducted on November 27 (tomorrow). The bench ruled that the floor test is to be conducted through open ballot and will be live telecast.

10:37 am: Justice NV Ramana: This court has been called upon to maintain principles of parliamentary democracy and protect rights or citizens of good governance. Several issues can be considered later as they are constitutional matters.

10:35 am: Bench assembles. Justices Ramana, Ashok Bhushan and Sanjiv Khanna preside.

10:30 pm: Yesterday, Justice Khanna had observed that the main question to be examined by the Supreme Court is whether Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis enjoys the majority in the House.

10:27 am: The Supreme Court is set to deliver its order on Maharashtra government formation shortly. The top court will deliver its order today after hearing of all the concerned parties to the petition filed by the Shiv Sena-NCP-Congress alliance concluded yesterday.

10:20 am: K Suresh, Congress on 'Opposition parties not to take part in the program in Parliament today': The decision has been taken because the government is bypassing the Constitution. In the latest situation in Maharashtra, they are disrespecting the Indian Constitution.

10:00 am: As CM Fadnavis and Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari paid tributes at Police Memorial at Marine Drive on 11th anniversary of 26/11, Deputy CM Ajit Pawar was absent during the official programme to pay respect at Police Memorial on 11th anniversary of 26/11. Ajit Pawar was also missing from yesterday's meeting chaired by CM Devendra Fadnavis at the Secretariat.

9:40 am: BJP leader Ashish Shelar in Mumbai | We are confirmed that Ajit Pawar is the leader of NCP on the Floor of the House, and his whip will hold as leader of the legislature party, according to News18 sources. 

9:35 am: The Shiv Sena plans to move the Supreme court against the closure of cases against Ajit Pawar in connection with the Vidarbha Irrigation scam cases. A joint petition by Shiv Sena, Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) and the Congress is ready to be filed. 

9:30 am: Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis and Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari pay tribute at Police Memorial at Marine Drive on 11th anniversary of 26/11 , today

9:25 am: Meanwhile, some opposition parties led by the Congress are likely to boycott the joint sitting of Parliament today called to commemorate the Constitution Day and will hold a protest against the political developments in Maharashtra.

9:20 am: Senior Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut on Tuesday tweeted "162 and more, just wait and watch". 

9:15 am: Meanwhile, Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis and Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari to pay tribute at Police Memorial at Marine Drive on 11th anniversary of 26/11 Mumbai terror attack, today. 

9:10 am: Last night, the 'Maha Vikas Aghadi' of the Shiv Sena, NCP and Congress has decided to "parade" 162 MLAs in the Mumbai five-star hotel in a show of united strength. The move to parade MLAs was announced hours after the leaders of the three parties — Shiv Sena, Congress and the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) — submitted a letter to Maharashtra Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari claiming that they have the requisite numbers to form the government. 

9:05 am: As uncertainty in the state mounted, the Centre on Monday maintained that the BJP had the support of all 54 NCP MLAs to form a government in Maharashtra and asked the Supreme Court for two to three days to reply to the plea against Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari's decision. 

 

 

 

 

9:00 am: The Supreme Court bench comprising of Justices NV Ramana, Ashok Bhushan and Sanjiv Khanna will give its order on Maharashtra government formation today at 10:30 am, the apex court said while hearing the Shiv Sena-NCP-Congress alliance's plea against Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari's decision to swear in Devendra Fadnavis as chief minister and Ajit Pawar as his deputy.

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