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Maharashtra crisis

India Today logo India Today 25-11-2019

A high-octane session in Supreme Court was witnessed on Monday where both Sena-Cong-NCP and Bharatiya Janata Party claimed they have the numbers required to form the government. The top court, after hearing arguments of both sides, said it will announce its decision on the matter tomorrow, giving another 24 hours to the BJP, Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis and his deputy Ajit Pawar. While Congress-NCP-Sena again demanded an immediate floor test, the legal counsels of Centre and BJP jointly claimed that the decision of the floor test lies with the Governor. Sena-Cong-NCP maintained in court that all parties have agreed to a floor test and added that it should be conducted immediately to put an end to the debate over government formation. With no outcome from today’s hearing at SC, the Sena and NCP are again gearing up to protect their MLAs by shifting them to new hotels. A host of other developments are expected in the Maharashtra political drama, at least till the SC announces its verdict on the plea filed by Sena-Cong-NCP. Follow India Today.in for the latest updates.

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20:42 PM IST: Ajit Pawar is part of NCP, we are trying that he comes back: Nawab Malik

NCP's Nawab Malik: BJP still has a chance to save its honour. Thorh forh par agar uttar aai BJP toh hum bhi uska jawab denge. Ajit Pawar is a part of our party, he is part of the Pawar family. We are trying that he comes back to NCP & admits his mistake.

20:35 PM IST: They said 162, but were there even 145 MLAs? Asks BJP's Ashish Shelar

BJP's Ashish Shelar has asked if there were even 145 MLAs present at the 5-star hotel in Mumbai where MLAs of the Shiv Sena, Congress and NCP took a pledge not to defect from their parties. He asked if there were even 145 MLAs. He also said that such a public parade was disrespectful to the MLAs as such identification is done with accused (in criminal activities).

20:20 PM IST: Details of pledge taken by MLAs

Sharad Pawar, Sonia Gandhi and Uddhav Thackeray were named in pledge. The pledge read: I will stay true to pledge, I won’t succumb to any inducement. I will stay true to the alliance. I won’t support BJP. I won’t commit anything with any malafide intent. I won’t work against my party. I will follow orders."

20:07 PM IST: Aghadi MLAs pledge to not defect from party at Mumbai 5-star hotel

MLAs take pledge at Mumbai 5-star hotel. MLAs pledged to not defect from the party.

20:02 PM IST: Maharashtra not Goa or Manipur, says Sharad Pawar

Maharashtra is not Goa or Manipur, we will not allow anything like that in Maharashtra. We will teach them a lesson: Sharad Pawar

19:58 PM IST: We are ready to face floor test, says Sharad Pawar

Sharad Pawar: The governor in Karnataka also called the BJP to form govt without them having a majority. These people misused parliamentary procedures. You can see that all the 162 MLAs are present here. We are ready to face the assembly the day the Supreme Court orders floor test. Ajit has no power to issue party whip, we have removed him as the NCP legislative party leader.

19:56 PM IST: Fight for Satya Mev Jayate, not Satta-mev Jayate, says Uddhav Thackeray

Addressing the MLAs, Uddhav Thackeray said, "We are not after power but want to defeat those responsible for power play. The fight is for Satya Mev Jayate, not Satta-mev Jayate."

19:52 PM IST: We are more than 162, not just 162: Ashok Chavan

Ashok Chavan: We are more than 162, not just 162. We all will be a part of the govt. I thank Sonia Gandhi who allowed for this alliance to stop BJP. Guv should invite us to form govt.

19:46 PM IST: We gave letter of everyone's signatures to Guv: Ashok Chavan

However much BJP tries to break us. We went to Guv and we gave him letter of everyone’s signatures. We have asked him to check it. We expect Guv would look at this: Ashok Chavan

19:43 PM IST: Oath will be taken here: NCP leader Jitendra Awhad

Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) leader Jitendra Awhad to MLAs: An oath will be taken here.

19:34 PM IST: Sharad Pawar enters Grand Hyatt hall

Sharad Pawar enters Grand Hyatt hall where MLAs of the NCP. Congress and Sena will parade shortly in a show of strength

19:33 PM IST: See for yourself: Mallikarjun Kharge

Come and see for yourself, we are 162: Mallikarjun Kharge of Congress

19:28 PM IST: "Long live Maha Vikas Aghadi" slogans raised at the hall in Hotel Grand Hyatt 

Mumbai: "Long live Maha Vikas Aghadi" slogans raised at the hall in Hotel Grand Hyatt, where Shiv Sena-NCP-Congress MLAs have assembled.

19:24 PM IST: Replica of Constitution of India inside hall

At the corner of the hall, there is a replica of the Constitution of India.

19:21 PM IST: 'Long live Shiv Sena-NCP-Congress' slogans being raised

'Long live Shiv Sena-NCP-Congress' slogans are being raised

19:20 PM IST: Shiv Sena-NCP-Congress MLAs assemble at Hotel Grand Hyatt

Shiv Sena-NCP-Congress MLAs assemble at Hotel Grand Hyatt

19:17 PM IST: Uddhav, Aaditya Thackeray arrive at Hyatt

Sena's Uddhav Thackeray, Aaditya Thackeray have arrived at Hotel Grand Hyatt for the public parade of MLAs

19:15 PM IST: Mumbai: Shiv Sena-NCP-Congress MLAs assemble at Hotel Grand Hyatt

Shiv Sena-NCP-Congress MLAs have assembled at Hotel Grand Hyatt in Mumbai

19:12 PM IST: BJP to likely hold press conference at 8:15

BJP is likely to hold a press conference at 8:15 pm

19:05 PM IST: Posters saying 'We are 162' seen across 5-star hotel auditorium 

Posters sayings 'We are 162' are seen across the auditorium where the MLAs of Shiv Sena, NCP, and Congress will be paraded

19:00 PM IST: Mumbai: Preparations underway at Hotel Grand Hyatt

Preparations underway at Hotel Grand Hyatt where MLAs from Shiv Sena-NCP-Congress will assemble shortly

18:56 PM IST: Charan Singh Sapra, Naseem Khan, Mallikarjun Kharge of Congress reach Hyatt

Charan Singh Sapra, Naseem Khan, Mallikarjun Kharge of the Congress have reached Grand Hyatt hotel in Mumbai.

18:53 PM IST: Bus carrying Shiv Sena MLAs arrives at Hotel Grand Hyatt

Bus carrying Shiv Sena MLAs arrives at Hotel Grand Hyatt

18:50 PM IST: Maha political crisis brings out the poet in BJP's Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi

Ahead of the parade of MLAs by Shiv Sena, NCP and Congress, BJP's Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi has posted a cryptic tweet.

18:39 PM IST: NCP's Sharad Pawar, Supriya Sule arrive at Grand Hyatt Hotel 

NCP's Sharad Pawar and Supriya Sule have arrived at Grand Hyatt Hotel. Shiv Sena's Sanjay Raut had tweeted earlier, 'Watch our 162 (MLAs) together for the first time at Grand Hyatt at 7 pm, come and watch yourself Maharashtra Governor.'

18:35 PM IST: Fadnavis holds meeting with World Bank representatives

Office of the Chief Minister of Maharashtra: CM Devendra Fadnavis chaired a meeting in Mumbai today to discuss proposed Climate Resilience Improvement and flood & drought Management Program’ with representatives from World Bank.

18:31 PM IST: Sena's Anil Parab, Ramdas Kadam and NCP's Vidya Chavan reach Hyatt

Anil Parab and Ramdas Kadam of the Shiv Sena, and Vidya Chavan of the NCP have reached Grand Hyatt for MLA parade before the media at 7 pm.

18:22 PM IST: Priyanka Chaturvedi exudes confidence about proving majority 

Shiv Sena Deputy Leader Priyanka Chaturvedi tweeted about the MLAs parade hinting that NCP, Congress and Shiv Sena have the numbers required to prove majority. Priyanka Chaturvedi has also reached Grand Hyatt.

18:17 PM IST: Sharad Pawar reaches Grand Hyatt for MLA parade

NCP Chief Sharad Pawar has reached Grand Hyatt hotel in Mumbai where MLAs will be paraded before the media at 7 pm.

17:01 PM IST: Shiv Sena, NCP, Congress to parade 162 MLAs in front of media at 7 pm 

Shiv Sena, NCP, Congress to parade 162 MLAs in front of media at 7 pm in Grand Hyatt, Mumbai. Sena leader Sanjay Raut tweeted, "We are all one and together , watch our 162 together for the first time at grand Hyatt at 7 pm , come and watch yourself @maha_governor"

16:51 PM IST: No 'Operation Lotus', we have enough MLAs for majority: Raosaheb Patil Danve

Raosaheb Patil Danve, BJP: There is no 'Operation Lotus', we have enough MLAs for the majority, we are not threatening any MLA. Sanjay Raut's allegations are false, after a few days he will have to be sent to a mental hospital.

16:46 PM IST: Clean chit to Ajit Pawar in 9 cases

News reports claim that Ajit Pawar has been given a clean chit in the irrigation scam. However, sources within the ACB said that this was a misrepresentation of facts. The sources said there are actually 3,000 irrigation projects from Ajit Pawar's time as minister that are being investigated.

Of these, the ACB has found Pawar NOT to be involved in just nine cases. A note meant to inform a court that the ACB has found nothing against Pawar in these nine cases is being used to falsely portray that Ajit Pawar has been given a clean chit, the sources said.

16:40 PM IST: RSP leader Mahadev Jankar leaves Ajit Pawar's residence after meeting him

RSP leader Mahadev Jankar leaves Ajit Pawar's residence after meeting him. He said, "We are sure he (Ajit Pawar) will stay and we will continue for the next five years.

16:38 PM IST: Bhagat Singh Koshyari is back in Mumbai

Maharashtra Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari has returned to Mumbai.

16:05 PM IST: Ajit Pawar remains defiant

Even as NCP leaders are claiming that Ajit Pawar has agreed to talk if needed, Ajit Pawar maintains that only NCP and BJP can give a stable government to Maharashtra.

15:18 PM IST: Congress to boycott Constitution Day function in Parliament tomorrow

Upping the ante against the BJP over Maharashtra political crisis, the Congress has now decided to boycott the Constitution Day function in Parliament on Tuesday. "Message that tokenism by the BJP govt, while it mows down constitutional values, will not be tolerated," the party said.

15:14 PM IST: NCP tires convincing Ajit Pawar once again for 'ghar wapsi'

NCP has now claimed that talks with Ajit Pawar have been positive and Chhagan Bhujbal will again try to convince him to return to the NCP fold.

14:29 pm IST: Maharashtra drama: Nawab Malik tweets couplet to reaffirm resolve to win

Amid the political uncertainty in Maharashtra, NCP chief spokesperson Nawab Malik on Monday posted a motivational couplet on Twitter to send across a message that nothing could deter them from succeeding. Malik's tweet came at a time when the NCP has been facing crisis, with senior leader Ajit Pawar rebelling against the Sharad Pawar-led party and supporting the BJP to form government in the state.

14:26 pm IST: Maharashtra Governor Bhagat Singh Koshiyari to return to Mumbai by 4 pm

13:11 IST: Shiv Sena MLAs shifted to Lemon Tree Premier Hotel 

Shiv Sena MLAs have been moved to a new hotel. As per reports, the MLAs left Lalit Hotel showing victory signs.

13:08 pm IST: Will be happy if Ajit Pawar returns: Congress's Ashok Chavan 

Congress leader Ashok Chavan said the party will be happy if Ajit Pawar returns to the NCP camp as he has been a colleague. However, it seems that Ajit Pawar has made up his mind and is unlikely to return to the NCP.

13:04 pm IST: No information on 2.5 years CM deal Sharad Pawar mentioned: Congress leader 

Congress leader Randeep Singh Surjewala said the party does not have any idea about the 2.5 year CM deal Sharad Pawar mentioned earlier in the Day. "Sharad Pawar is talking about two-and-a-half-years, we do not know about it, ask him only," he said.

12:59 pm IST: Congress has crossed all limits in Lok Sabha: Ravi Shankar Prasad 

Slamming Congress legislators for their behaviour in Lok Sabha today, BJP minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said there is "deep anguish" over what has happened in the Lower House today. "Congress today crossed all limits. We condemn the way in which we treated Marshall. We condemn two Congress MPs," he said.

"This matter is very serious. Even after repeated appeals to remove the banner, he topped the indiscipline. For this, whatever decision the speaker will take, we will wait," Prasad added.

Commenting on the debate over Maharashtra government formation, Prasad said, "The BJP-Sena got a majority in Maharashtra. Breaking the 30-year relationship, Sena indulged in greed with Congress."

12:54 pm IST: They don't have numbers: Congress's Balasaheb Thorat 

Maharashtra Pradesh Congress Committee president Balasaheb Thorat said BJP and Ajit Pawar do not have the numbers to prove majority and that is the reason why they want to delay floor test. "BJP is approaching our MLAs. We all know how BJP functions and this is why they want delay. We are ready for floor rest. There is no miscommunication between NCP and Shiv Sena regarding CM post. Everything has been sorted," he said.

12:59 pm IST: Congress has crossed all limits in Lok Sabha: Ravi Shankar Prasad

Slamming Congress legislators for their behaviour in Lok Sabha today, BJP minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said there is "deep anguish" over what has happened in the Lower House today. "Congress today crossed all limits. We condemn the way in which we treated Marshall. We condemn two Congress MPs," he said. "This matter is very serious. Even after repeated appeals to remove the banner, he topped the indiscipline. For this, whatever decision the speaker will take, we will wait," Prasad added. Commenting on the debate over Maharashtra government formation, Prasad said, "The BJP-Sena got a majority in Maharashtra. Breaking the 30-year relationship, Sena indulged in greed with Congress."

12:54 pm IST: They don't have numbers: Congress's Balasaheb Thorat 

Maharashtra Pradesh Congress Committee president Balasaheb Thorat said BJP and Ajit Pawar do not have the numbers to prove majority and that is the reason why they want to delay floor test. "BJP is approaching our MLAs. We all know how BJP functions and this is why they want delay. We are ready for floor rest. There is no miscommunication between NCP and Shiv Sena regarding CM post. Everything has been sorted," he said.

12:48 pm IST: Those with the majority should be given opportunity: Eknath Shinde 

Shiv Sena leader Eknath Shinde said NCP-Sena-Cong submitted a letter of support, signed by 162 MLAs, to the Governor. "In a democracy, only the majority number holds importance. We want the minority govt formed on November 23 to be withdrawn as they can't prove the majority. Those with the majority should be given opportunity," he said.

12:38 pm IST: NCP MLAs leave from Grand Hyatt in Mumbai 

Another day, another hotel: That's what seems to be happening in Maharashtra as Shiv Sena and NCP are again shifting their MLAs to new hotels to prevent poaching of its MLAs.

12:25 pm IST: Will NCP expel Ajit Pawar? Sharad Pawar answers

NCP chief Sharad Pawar, when asked if Ajit Pawar will be expelled from the party: "This is not something for which a single individual takes a decision, it has to be decided by the party when the matter comes before it."

12:19 pm IST: BJP ko 'karara jawaab milega', says Congress 

As Supreme Court reserved verdict in on a petition filed by NCP-Shiv Sena-Congress combine, the Congress said it is confident of a favourable decision tomorrow. Congress leader Randeep Surjewala said the government formed by BJP's Devendra Fadnavis is illegitimate and once they go for the floor test, the BJP will get "karara jawaab" (sharp reply) by the elected MLAs.

11:58 am IST: We have 162 MLAs, gave letter of support to Governor: Jayant Patil

NCP legislative party leader Jayant Patil said NCP-Cong-Sena have submitted letter of support to the Governor and that they have the support of 162 MLAs. "We have also told the Governor that Devendra Fadnavis does not have the number and can’t prove it on floor," he said.

11:53 am IST: SC to announce decision on NCP-Cong-Sena plea tomorrow at 10:30 am 

After hearing the arguments of all parties in the case, the Supreme Court has decided to announce its decision tomorrow at 10:30 am.

11:44 am IST: Governor fixed 14 days time to order floor test, says Mukul Rohatgi

11:41 am IST: Shiv Sena MLAs being shifted from Hotel Lalit 

A bus has arrived at Hotel Lalit where Shiv Sena MLAs have been staying. They will be shifted to another hotel after the court's decision.

11:37 am IST: I have affidavits from 48 NCP, 56 Shiv sena and 44 Congress MLAs: AM Singhvi

Singhvi said that he has affidavits from 48 NCP MLAs, 56 Shiv Sena MLAs and 44 Congress MLAs. But he was objected by Mukul Rohatgi who said these signatures cannot be "filed" before the Supreme Court.

"The court should order an immediate floor test. Appoint pro-tem speaker with sole agenda to hold floor test. They are trying to circumvent and nullify the procedure," Singhvi said.

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11:35 am IST: Must order immediate floor test: AM Singhvi 

Abhishek Manu Singhvi also alleged that BJP and Ajit Pawar submitted signatures of MLAs with no covering letter and called it a "fraud of democracy". "Governor can't turn a blind eye that there is no covering letter or resolution," Singhvi added and called for an immediate floor test.

11:32 am IST: When you try to cover up something your fraud shows more: AM Singhvi

Abhishek Manu Singhvi took a dig at the BJP and Ajit Pawar and said, When you try to cover up something your fraud shows more. The entire argument on the other side is that Governor acted wisely because he showed a letter.

The case before the court is a strange one. Both sides agree that floor test is necessary but they say floor test need not be now. Trying to dismiss the SC orders as template orders, he added.

It's the fraud of democracy of the worst kind, Singhvi added.

11:30 am IST: AM Singhvi now arguing on behalf of NCP

11:29 am IST: High-octane courtroom drama on in Supreme Court

Kapil Sibal's comments were objected by Solicitor General Tushar Mehta who asked, "How can they raise allegations against the Center like this?"

"We are filing an application with original affidavits from MLAs saying Ajitt Pawar was not authorized to take a decision," Sibal replies.

"Why are they objecting to floor test? There are precedents. there should be immediate floor test with senior-most MLA as pro-tem speaker," Sibal added.

11:25 am IST: Meanwhile, Devendra Fadnavis takes charge as Maharashtra CM

11:24 am IST: Kapil Sibal questions Governor's move

The alliance between Sena-Cong-NCP was announced in a press conference on November 22 at 7 pm. See the conduct of the authorities. On the morning of November 23, we would have staked claim. Why did the president rule get revoked overnight? Sibal questioned.

The governor who waited for 20 days could not wait for 24 hours? Sibal questioned.

Supreme Court then asked him to speak on the letter of support given by Ajit Pawar.

To that, Sibal said, "They have given letter. There is no resolution of the Party! I can give affidavit of the MLAs saying we don't support."

"What was the national emergency that the president rule was revoked at 5 am and oath taken. This is completely malafide. It's absurd. Has Governor explained what was the emergency that president rule revoked at 5:17 am and oath at 8 am?" Sibal asked

11:19 am IST: Kapil Sibal now starts arguing on behalf of Sena-Cong-NCP 

Senior advocate Kapil Sibal takes a jibe at Ajit Pawar and also objected to Tushar Mehta's "stable being looted" comment. "Once who was the jockey has run away, the horses are still here," Sibal said.

11:18 am IST: Governor's discretionary power cannot be judicially reviewed: Mukul Rohatgi 

Mukul Rohatgi again warns that the Governor's discretionary power cannot be judicially reviewed as it could have serious consequences.

11:16 am IST: NCP-Cong-Sena say Fadnavis does not have majority, will be defeated in floor test 

The letter submitted by Sena-Cong-NCP indicated that Devendra Fadnavis does not have a majority and he will be defeated in the floor of the House. The letter signed by Eknath Shinde, Balasaheb Thorat and Jayant Patil said, "Fadnavis can’t prove majority, even if floor test were to happen. Hence we all three parties are staking claim to form government."

11:14 am IST: Letter sent by Ajit Pawar legally correct: Maninder Singh to SC 

Appearing for Ajit Pawar, Maninder Singh said the letter sent by him as CLP leader was constitutionally and legally correct.

11:11 am IST: How can there be an order to direct Governor: Mukul Rohtagi 

Mukul Rohatgi further stressed on the fact that there cannot be any order directing the Governor to take action as it can have "far-reaching" consequences.

11:09 am IST: Court can't monitor proceedings inside the House: Tushar Mehta 

Solicitor General Tushar Mehta also said that the court cannot interfere in proceedings of the House as it is constitutionally barred. He also added that the final decision has to be taken by the Governor.

11:06 am IST: Governor has to act, where is court's role in floor test: Mukul Rohatgi 

Saying that the floor test has to happen at the discretion of the speaker, Mukul Rohatgi added that the Governor has to act according to the Constitution. A pro-tem speaker and a speaker have to be appointed for conducting floor test, he added. He clearly mentioned that the Supreme Court has no role to play in floor test.

11:03 am IST: Floor test is imperative, Governor mentioned it in letter: Mukul Rohatgi 

Mukul Rohatgi said a floor test to determine a majority in the assembly is needed and the Governor has also mentioned the same in his letter. "Now that it's clear that there is no malafide in the governor decision, should the court act as an appellate court and say hold floor test in one day or ten days?" he asked. "When there is no substance in the allegations, should the court interfere?" Rohatgi further questioned.

11:01 am IST: Mukul Rohatgi says NCP-Cong-Sena's attack on Governor unfounded

10:59 am IST: Now, Mukul Rohatgi starting arguments for Fadnavis, BJP 

Appearing for Devendra Fadnavis, Mukul Rohatgi said that the NCP CLP leader Ajit Pawar showed Devendra Fadnavis signatures of 53 MLAs and offered to join him. Following that, Fadnavis and Ajit Pawar went to the Governor and asked to form the government. He also said rubbished allegations of poaching by BJP and accused Sena-Cong-NCP of indulging in horse trading.

10:54 am IST: Governor said OK to govt formation but asked BJP to prove majority in floor test

10:53 am IST: Letter of Governor now being read out to the SC 

The letter of Governor BS Koshyari is now being read out in the courtroom. The Governor, having received these letters from BJP and Ajit Pawar, requested the President to revoke the President's Rule in the state. The letter from Governor Koshyari highlighted that Fadnavis had the support of 170 MLAs.

"The court should appreciate it. The Governor in his wisdom invited the largest party to form the govt. Governor does not have to go into a fishing inquiry. He could not have any other information," S-G Mehta said.

10:49 am IST: S-G now reading the Ajit Pawar's letter of support

The letter submitted by Ajit Pawar to the Governor on November 22 indicated that all elected MLAs have unanimously elected him as CLP and given him rights to form govt.

10:47 am IST: Letter submitted by BJP had support of all 54 NCP MLAs 

The letter submitted by BJP to the Governor had the support of all 54 NCP MLAs. He told the court that the governor thought maybe the whole stable has been stolen. "Governor waited for several days. Then called BJP to form govt. They say we can't form the government. Next day he calls Shiv Sena, they say we are not positioned to form the government. Then NCP called, says the same thing. In that situation, he (Governor) recommended President rule," Mehta said.

10:39 am IST: Solicitor General Tushar Mehta submits Governor's letter in SC 

The crucial hearing has begun in Supreme Court and all the relevant documents are now being submitted to the three-judge bench for review.

10:36 am IST: Advocate Mukul Rohatgi appears for Devendra Fadnavis in Supreme Court

10:26 am IST: Why Ajit Pawar rebelled | In Sharad Pawar's words

NCP's Sharad Pawar indicated that the party proposed a rotational CM plan for an alliance with Shiv Sena, but there was no consensus. He indicated that this could have been one reason why his nephew Ajit Pawar rebelled.

10:12 am IST: NCP-Cong-Sena delegation reach Raj Bhavan to submit MLAs' letter of support A delegation of Congress, NCP and Shiv leaders including Ashok Chavan, Jayant Patil, Eknath Shinde, Balasaheb Thorat reached Raj Bhavan to give MLAs' letter of support to Governor ahead of crucial SC hearing.

10:07 am IST: Shiv Sena makes another sensational claim 

Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Raut said on Monday that the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) had promised rotational chief minister offer to Ajit Pawar. It is worth noting that Sena had earlier demanded rotational CM for Maharashtra.

9:59 am IST: Ajit's decision to side with BJP his own: Sharad Pawar in Satara

NCP supremo Sharad Pawar on Monday said his nephew Ajit Pawar's decision to side with the BJP was his personal choice and the NCP does not support it.

9:54 am IST: Shiv Sena leaders Anil desai, Gajanan Kirtikar reach SC ahead of key hearing 

Two Shiv Sena leaders have reached Supreme Court ahead of the crucial hearing. Supreme Court, after reviewing the documents it sought, is expected to order a floor test to put an end to the political crisis in Maharashtra.

9:45 am IST: Why Ajit Pawar sided with BJP | Inside details 

Ajit Pawar on Sunday raised many eyebrows after siding with the BJP and forming the government in Maharashtra, just a day after Shiv Sena had reached an agreement on allaince with NCP and Congress. Now, sources have told India Today TV that Ajit Pawar and Dhananjay Munde had expressed the need to ally with BJP for a stable government in Maharashtra. Pawar had apprehensions about the administrative capacity of Sena leadership and told Sharad Pawar that there is no difference between Sena and BJP. Ajit Pawar, however, added that forming the government with BJP will lead to stability. But Sharad Pawar and Supriya Sule were opposed to the plan, following which Ajit Pawar acted on his own and initiated talks with the BJP.

9:40 am IST: BJP to maintain Governor acted as per rules 

Sources have told India Today that the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is expected to mention in Supreme Court that the Governor acted as per rules and that there was nothing illegal about it.

9:37 am IST: NCP-Cong-Sena likely to submit MLAs' letter of support to Governor

Shiv Sena, Congress and NCP likely to submit a joint letter signed by all MLAs to Governor House before hearing in Supreme Court to show that the alliance has the numbers to form the government. Shiv Sena leader Eknath shinde, Jayant Patil and Maharashtra Congress president Babasaheb Thorat are currently holding a joint meeting to decide on sending a joint letter to Governor House.

9:17 am IST: Priyanka Gandhi accuses BJP of disregarding Constitution in Maharashtra

Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi has lashed out at the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) for disregarding the Constitution and added that the party is repeating the game it played in Karnataka. Have we reached the stage of open kidnapping of the mandate?" Priyanka Gandhi said in a tweet in Hindi.

9:14 am IST: Now, CPI submits adjournment motion in Rajya Sabha

CPI's Rajya Sabha MP Binoy Viswam has also submitted an ajourment motion in Rajya Sabha over the Maharashtra political crisis.

9:05 am IST: NCP leader Chhagan Bhujbal reaches Ajit Pawar's residence

NCP leader Chhagan Bhujbal has reached Ajit Pawar's residence after he was tasked by the party to convince him to resign as deputy chief minister and return to the party fold.

Watch: What Fadnavis and Ajit Pawar discussed in late-night meet

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9:03 am IST: Ajit Pawar held late night meeting with Devendra Fadnavis

After remaining ensconced in his south Mumbai residence throughout Sunday, NCP leader and newly-anointed deputy CM Ajit Pawar met Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis late night and held closed-door discussions. According to a statement by Maharashtra Chief Minister's Office, the two discussed various measures for additional support to unseasonal rain-affected farmers. However, given the situation in Maharashtra, it is highly unlikely that the farmers' issue was the only topic discussed.

8:58 am IST: Cong submits adjournment motion in Lok Sabha over Maharashtra political crisis

Congress on Monday submitted an adjournment notice in Lok Sabha in view of the situation in Maharashtra. Leader of Congress in Lok Sabha, Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury, and Congress' Chief Whip in Lok Sabha, K Suresh have given the adjournment motion.

8:55 am IST: Ajit Pawar remains defiant

Despite efforts put in by NCP leaders, Ajit Pawar does not seem interested in making a comeback. Instead, Pawar met several leaders and supporters to garner support ahead of the crucial floor test, which will determine the final outcome in Maharashtra. All eyes will be on Supreme Court, which is expected to call for a floor test soon.

See pics - Maharashtra twist: Devendra Fadnavis, Ajit Pawar join hands to stake claim 

(By Indian Express)

8:49 am IST: NCP's last-ditch effort to bring back Ajit Pawar

The Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) is trying its best to bring Ajit Pawar back to the party fold. Several members of the Pawar family had urged him to resign as deputy chief minister and return to the party on Sunday. Today, senior NCP leader Chhagan Bhujbal will meet Ajit Pawar and try to convince him one more time. NCP leaders Dilip Walse Patil, Sunil Tatkare and Hasan Mushrif had also tried convincing Ajit Pawar to return.

8:45 am IST: NCP-Cong-Sena alliance likely to submit MLAs' letter of support in SC 

The NCP-Cong-Sena alliance is expected to submit MLAs' letter of support in the Supreme Court today as NCP claimed that all of its MLAs except Ajit Pawar are with the party. The alliance had repeatedly said during the hearing on Sunday that Ajit Pawar does not have the required number of MLAs to side with BJP and form the government.

8:42 am IST: NCP claims to have support of 53 MLAs

The Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) now claims to have the support of 53 MLAs after they brought back four of their missing MLAs to Mumbai.

The MLAs who have returned are Anil Patil, Babasaheb Patil, Daulat Daroda and Narhari Zirwar. Another MLA Anna Bansode from Pimpri Chinchwad has been traced by his family in Pune and NCP said he will join them soon. This leaves only Ajit Pawar out of the NCP's equation.

Congress-NCP-Shiv Sena alliance claims to have the support of 165 MLAs.

8:33 am IST: The poaching game continues

While Congress leader Ashok Chavan claimed that BJP leaders trying to contact the party's MLAs and trying to poach them, NCP has already moved its MLAs to a new hotel. There are reports which indicate that BJP has tasked some leaders to contact MLAs of Shiv Sena, Congress and NCP and try to rope them ahead of the floor test.

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