Maharashtra Governor’s invite to Fadnavis, oath taking ceremony illegal: Shiv Sena files plea in SC

The Shiv Sena, Congress and the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) filed in a petition in the Supreme Court on Saturday, against the “arbitrary and malafide actions/decisions” of Governor Bhagat Singh Koshiyari in swearing-in Devendra Fadnavis as the chief minister.

In the plea, the three parties have alleged that the Maharashtra Governor’s invite to BJP’s Devendra Fadnavis to form the government and the oath-taking ceremony was illegal. The Shiv Sena, Congress and the NCP are now waiting for a response from the registrar if the petition could be heard.

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The month-long political impasse in Maharashtra ended dramatically on Saturday morning with Devendra Fadnavis returning as the chief minister, backed by NCP’s Ajit Pawar who was sworn-in as the deputy chief minister. Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari administered the oath at the Raj Bhavan in Mumbai at around 7.30 am.

Hours after Devendra Fadnavis and Ajit Pawar took the oath, Shiv Sena, Congress and NCP filed a writ petition in the Supreme Court against the two taking oath as the chief minister and deputy chief minister of Maharashtra, respectively.

“The Petitioners [Sena, Congress, NCP] are constrained to move the instant Writ Petition under Article 32 of the Constitution in grave urgency seeking reliefs against the arbitrary and malafide actions of the Hon’ble Governor of Maharashtra who has on 23.11.2019 installed a minority BJP government led by Shri Devendra Fadnavis,” the plea read.

The three parties have, in their writ petition, alleged that there was no proof of Devendra Fadnavis carrying letters of support of the 144 MLAs.

“Further there is no material in the public domain to show that Shri Devendra Fadnavis had carried letters of support of 144 MLA’s (which in any event was not legally possible to do)” the petition stated.

Source – India Today