The BJP surprised everyone by forming a government in Maharashtra in the morning on Saturday. After all the drama that took place from morning to evening, Shiv Sena, NCP and Congress filed a petition in the Supreme Court at night requesting the cancellation of the Maharashtra Governor’s decision to administer oath of Chief Minister to BJP’s Devendra Fadnavis. Also, to prevent the horse-trading of MLAs, it has also requested to conduct a ‘power test’ immediately. On this petition, a bench of Justice NV Ramanna, Justice Ashok Bhushan and Justice Sanjeev Khanna will hear today in the Supreme Court. The hearing on this matter will start at 11:30 in the top court. The three parties also demanded a direction to Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari to invite him to form the government under the leadership of Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray. It has also been said that he has the support of more than 144 MLAs.
The BJP surprised everyone by forming a government in Maharashtra in the morning on Saturday.
Accusation – made fun of the dignity of the post of Governor
The petition filed by advocate Sunil Fernandes on behalf of the three parties said, “The governor acted in a discriminatory manner and mocked the dignity of the post of governor.” It said that the swearing-in on November 23 is an accurate example of the Governor’s work at the behest of the ruling party at the Center. The petition said that the facts of the case show that the governor ‘undermined the dignity of the constitutional post and made himself a pawn for the BJP’s desire to illegally seize power.
Claim – BJP’s minority government
The petition filed through Fernandes claimed that the Governor’s work to form a minority government of BJP is illegal and unconstitutional. It further said that the Shiv Sena, NCP and Congress alliance jointly ‘have a clear majority’ in the 288-member assembly and it is clear that the BJP does not have the required figure of 144 MLAs. Seeking the cancellation of the decision to invite Fadnavis to form the government, the petition said that it was’ unconstitutional, arbitrary and illegal and in violation of Article 14 of the Constitution. The Shiv Sena, NCP and Congress have filed a separate petition seeking direction to the Governor to call a special session to take the oath of legislators and test the power.