NEWS MAHA SUPREME COURT
NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court will hear, at 10.30am on Monday, petitions filed by the three-party Shiv Sena-NCP-Congress alliance in Maharashtra against Governor BS Koshyari’s swearing in of a new chief minister and deputy CM in the early morning hour on Saturday last. Their central piece of argument: the CM does not enjoy majority support in the assembly.
The apex court, which admitted the petitions on Sunday in a special sitting, gave the governor/the Centre/CM Devendra Fadnavis — defendants — no more time than the morning on Monday to produce the documents that the governor relied on to call BJP nominee Fadnavis for the swearing in. The swearing in happened in a somewhat secretive manner, with only the official media having been summoned to record it.
As of now, it is unclear who will have the last laugh, though the Shiv Sena and NCP leaderships are shell-shocked over what has happened in a jiffy and behind the scene. All the three parties have grouped their MLAs in separate batches and laid protective rings around them to ensure there is no poaching by the powerful BJP.
Some NCP and Congress MLAs reported to their party leaderships that they were getting calls from BJP sources, offering minister posts. Explicitly, the BJP leadership is playing its cards close to its chest, and there is no inkling whatsoever of how it will tackle the scenario. IHN-NN
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