Maharashtra Coup: SC asks Centre to produce governor's letters inviting BJP to form govt, issues notices | A timeline of events
Mumbai | Jagran News Desk: The Supreme Court on Sunday heard the plea filed by the Shiv Sena-NCP-Congress and issued a notice to Centre, Maharashtra government, Devendra Fadnavis and Ajit Pawar. The top court also asked the 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 on Monday.
This comes after BJP leader Devendra Fadnavis and NCP’s Ajit Pawar took oath as Chief Minister and deputy CM of the state on Saturday. The oath was administered by Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyrai at the Raj Bhavan in presence of few BJP and NCP leaders. With this the President's rule -- which was imposed in the state earlier this month -- was also revoked.
The big development, which sparked a political storm in the country, came at a time after the alliance between Shiv Sena, NCP and Congress reached a consensus that Uddhav Thackeray would be the chief minister of the state last night. After this the three allies decided to move the Supreme Court demanding immediate floor test. The top court will now hear their plea against the Governor's decision inviting Devendra Fadnavis to form the government on Sunday.
However, NCP chief Sharad Pawar said that Ajit Pawar’s decision to support the BJP is personal and the party does not endorse or support him. “Ajit Pawar's decision is against the party line and is indiscipline. No NCP leader or worker is in favour of an NCP-BJP government,” he said.
Meanwhile, the Shiv Sena and the Congress lambasted the BJP and called it a ‘black day’ in the history of Maharashtra.
“This is a surgical strike on Maharashtra. We will remain together and see what happens next,” said Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray. The Sena also filed a writ petition in the Supreme Court against Devendra Fadnavis and Ajit Pawar taking oath as CM and Deputy CM of Maharashtra respectively.
Here’s a timeline of what happened in the last 24 hours in Maharashtra:
11:45 pm: Ajit Pawar-BJP Deal finalised, reported IANS.
11.55 pm: Fadnavis speaks to Party and requests for swearing-in before anyone in Sena-NCP-Congress comes to know and stakes claim, reported IANS.
12.30 am: Governor who was to travel out of Mumbai to New Delhi, cancels his travel
2.10 am: Secy to Governor told to submit revocation order at 5.47 and arrange swearing in at 6.30 a.m.
2.30 am: Secy informs he will submit file within two hours and advises 7.30 a.m. for swearing in as arrangements have to be made early on Saturday.
5.47 am: President's Rule revoked at 5.47 am, but announced at 9 am.
7.50 am: Swearing in starts by Governor B.S. Koshyari
8.10 am: Devendra Fadnavis and Ajit Pawar take oath as CM and deputy CM respectively
12:43 pm: Shiv Sena-NCP joint press conference begins
12:50 pm: Ajit Pawar's decision is against the party line and is indiscipline, says Sharad Pawar
13:09 pm: Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray calls it a surgical strike on Maharashtra and says people will avenge it.
13:46 pm: Congress leaders Ahmed Patel and Mallikarjun Kharge address press conference on Maharashtra
13:49 pm: Oath taking ceremony was in complete secrecy. We condemn BJP's act. We will fight this on both fronts, political and legal, says Ahmed Patel
15:05 pm: BJP leader Ravi Shankar Prasad addresses media on Maharashtra, says ‘this alliance will give a stable government in Maharashtra’
16:04 pm: Ajit Pawar blackmailed into supporting BJP by 'threatening with jail term': Congress' Randeep Surjewala
16:30 pm: Mumbai: Maharashtra CM Devendra Fadnavis greets party workers gathered outside state BJP office, says ‘Modi hai toh mumkin hai’
17:19 pm: I am with Sharad Pawar Ji. We all are together: NCP MLA Atul Benke
18:41 pm: Shiv Sena files writ petition in the Supreme Court against Devendra Fadnavis and Ajit Pawar taking oath as CM and Deputy CM of Maharashtra respectively
18:50 pm: 42 NCP MLAs attend meeting with NCP Chief Sharad Pawar, at YB Chavan Centre in Mumbai
21:48 pm: Supreme Court to hear today at 11.30 am the joint plea of Shiv Sena, Nationalist Congress Party and Indian National Congress against the decision of Maharashtra Governor inviting Devendra Fadnavis to form the government on November 23.
9:53 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.
10:30 am: Ahead of Supreme Court hearing, NCP says '49-50 MLAs are with us'. "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," says NCP's Chhagan Bhujbal
13:00 pm: The Supreme Court issues notice to Centre, Maharashtra government, Devendra Fadnavis and Ajit Pawar on Congress-NCP-Shiv Sena's plea.
13:01 pm: It also asks 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 on Monday.
13:42 am: NCP claims that three of its five "missing" MLAs have been contacted and they are with the party. The party has been able to contact Anil Patil, Babasaheb Patil and Daroda.
14:29 am: Amid the political drama in Maharashtra with NCP's Ajit Pawar supporting the BJP to form government, the people of Baramati, which is the bastion of Pawars, are hopeful that NCP chief Sharad Pawar will be able to resolve the current crisis in his party.
(With IANS, PTI and ANI inputs)
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