New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Sunday decided to continue the hearing on the plea filed by the Congress, NCP apex and Shiv Sena on Monday. The three parties had moved the Apex Court challenging the Governor’s decision to invite Devendra Fadnavis to form the government on Saturday.
The Apex Court issued a notice to the Centre, Maharashtra CM and Deputy CM while responding to a joint petition filed by the three parties and said that the hearing on the plea will continue on Monday and appropriate orders will be issued thereafter.
The order was passed by the apex court bench of Justices NV Ramana, Justice Ashok Bhushan and Justice Sanjiv Khanna, who also said that the Centre must produce the two letters (one from Devendra Fadnavis claiming majority, the other from the Governor inviting him to form a government) by 10.30 am tomorrow.
After a long deadlock over government formation in Maharshtra, BJP leader Devendra Fadnavis was hastily sworn-in as the CM for the second consecutive term on Saturday morning, at a point in time when the NCP, Shiv Sena and the Congress were almost on the final stages of forming the government! The BJP had emerged as the single largest party in the recently held Assembly polls, but due to rift with its longstanding coalition partner Shiv Sena, the BJP could not form a government.
Subsequently, President’s rule was imposed in the state and the Sena turned to NCP and the Congress to try its luck. However, in a surprising turn of events, the NCP (led by Ajit Pawar) joined hands with the BJP and formed the government. The NCP on Saturday evening removed Ajit Pawar as the party’s legislature unit leader, hours after he joined hands with the BJP. The three parties – Shiv Sena, NCP and Congress – then moved the Supreme Court seeking an urgent hearing on their petition challenging the Maharashtra Governor, Bhagat Singh Koshyari’s move regarding government formation in the state.