NEW DELHI: There was a huge uproar in Parliament over the developments in Maharashtra, where Congress party MPs in both houses slammed and blamed the Center for the present crisis. The top Congress leader Rahul Gandhi, while speaking in Lok Sabha described the installation of BJP government led by Devendra Fadnavis as “murder of democracy”.
On the other hand the Supreme Court has reserved its order on “floor test” by Fadnavis and NCP’s Ajit Pawar duo. Meanwhile, Fadnavis took charge as Chief Minister on Monday and held closed door discussions with his Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar.
However, the leader of the Congress party in the Lok Sabha, Adhir Ranjan Chowdhary has alleged that women marshals have “manhandled” some of their women MPs when they started sloganeering in Well of the House.
IN SUPREME COURT:
Supreme Court will give its order on Maharashtra government formation on Tuesday, the apex court said while hearing the Shiv Sena-NCP-Congress combine's plea against the governor's decision to swear in Devendra Fadnavis as chief minister.
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.
However, the Apex Court has maintained that it is not considering the Shiv Sena-NCP-Congress' combine pleas that they be invited to form the government in Maharashtra.
Appearing for the Shiv Sena, senior advocate Kapil Sibal said the combine has affidavits from 154 Maharashtra MLAs and the BJP should be asked to prove its majority within 24 hours if it has the numbers.
The Shiv Sena-Congress-NCP has filed a plea against the governor's decision to swear in BJP leader Fadnavis as chief minister and NCP's Ajit Pawar as deputy chief minister in the early hours of Saturday.
The Centre told a bench comprising Justices N V Ramana, Ashok Bhushan and Sanjiv Khanna that the governor had in absolute discretion invited the largest party to form government on November 23.
Solicitor General Tushar Mehta told the top court the Maharashtra governor is not supposed to conduct a roving and fishing inquiry to ascertain which party has the numbers to form government.
The question is, he said, can a party come and seek the court's intervention to hold a floor test within 24 hours.
Mehta said the governor was cognizant of the facts and the situation after poll results that had led to President's rule being invoked in the state.
The apex court, after perusing Koshyari's letter inviting Fadnavis, said it has to be decided whether or not the chief minister enjoys majority support on the floor of house.
The solicitor general explained that the governor had invited Shiv Sena, BJP and NCP for government formation and President's rule was imposed only after they failed.
Senior advocate Maninder Singh, appearing for Ajit Pawar, told the bench that the governor rightly invited Fadnavis to form government.
Opening his arguments, Sibal, appearing for the Shiv Sena, referred to Uddhav Thackeray being declared the next Maharashtra chief minister at a press conference of the three parties.
"Where national emergency to revoke President’s rule at 5.27 was am and CM being administered oath at 8 am the next morning," Sibal asked.
Sibal referred to the alleged haste by which President's rule was revoked and a new government was formed in Maharashtra and said it has never been done in history.
"(Shiv Sena-NCP-Congress) Combine has affidavits of 154 Maharashtra MLAs supporting it. If the BJP has numbers, then they should be asked to prove majority within 24 hours," Sibal said.
Senior advocate Abhishek Singhvi, appearing for the NCP and the Congress, termed it a "fraud of the worst kind" and asked whether a single NCP MLA told Ajit Pawar that he supported him to go with the BJP.
As the hearing began on Monday morning, Mehta submitted letters of the governor and Fadnavis was asked by the bench on Sunday.