Maharashtra Power Tussle: NCP, Shiv Sena, and Congress stake claim to form government

Saffron party, Shiv Sena submitted the signatures of 63 MLAs whereas Congress and NCP submitted signatures of 44 and 51 MLAs respectively. Alongside, Samajwadi Party also joined the three parties and has submitted signatures of two members

  • Maharashtra Power Tussle: NCP, Shiv Sena, and Congress stake claim to form government
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In a recent development amid the crisis over Maharashtra government formation, Shiv Sena, Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) and Congress stake claim to power in the state on Monday after submitting letters of support to the  Governor. One of the parties of the alliance, NCP, whose Ajit Pawar claims the party is with the BJP, submitted the signatures of 51 of its 54 MLAs.

The three parties have claimed that they possess the support of enough MLAs for a majority in the 288-member Maharashtra Assembly. Saffron party, Shiv Sena submitted the signatures of 63 MLAs whereas Congress and NCP submitted signatures of 44 and 51 MLAs respectively. Alongside, Samajwadi Party also joined the three parties and has submitted signatures of two members.

The parties approached Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari, at his residence in Mumbai, Raj Bhawan while the Supreme Court was still hearing their petition against the unexpected early morning oath ceremony in which the BJP's Devendra Fadnavis became Chief Minister with Ajit Pawar of the NCP as his deputy.

The three parties, Congress, NCP, and Shiv Sena told the Supreme Court that the sudden government formation was unconstitutional.

While the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) told the Supreme Court that it has the support of 170 MLAs, including all 54 of the NCP, the Sena-NCP-Congress alliance also submitted an affidavit to the court claiming the support of 154 MLAs.

NCP chief Sharad Pawar claimed that 53 MLAs were with the party and his nephew Ajit Pawar had tricked the Governor with letters of support collected from MLAs for the Sena-led alliance.

Meanwhile, the three signatures that are missing from the letter are of Ajit Pawar, Anna Bansod and Narhari Zhirwal.

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