Shiv Sena-NCP-Congress combine moves Supreme Court against ‘illegal’ government in Maharashtra
“There is nothing in public domain in what manner Shri Devendra Fadnavis and/or the BJP had staked claim power between the intervening night of 22.11.2019 and 23.11.2019. Further there is no material in the public domain to show that Shri Devendra Fadnavis had carried letters of support of 144 MLAs (which in any event was not legally possible to do). The Petitioners categorically assert that all the MLA’s of the Shiv Sena, NCP and Congress are completely and solidly with the alliance except for Shri Ajit Pawar,” the petition contended.
The petition said the Governor’s action show his partisanship. He has made a “mockery of his high constitutional office”.
The combine also said that it was 'betrayal and annihilation' of democracy that government has been allowed to be formed when 41 NCP MLAs are not with the BJP. "If Devendra Fadnavis has numbers to prove majority, let him prove it on the floor of House, else we have numbers to form government in Maharashtra," senior advocate Kapil Sibal, appearing for the combine, submitted before a bench comprising Justices N V Ramana, Ashok Bhushan and Sanjiv Khanna.
Shiv Sena tells the court that if Devendra Fadnavis has the numbers, let him prove it on floor of House, otherwise, we have the numbers to form govt in Maharashtra.
Stating that it was even doubtful whether the Governor had applied his mind to the claim, if any, made by Mr. Fadnavis, the petition said he should have proceeded carefully especially in the light of the Congress-NCP-Shiv Sena combine commanding 154 MLAs had made their intention to form the government clear only the previous night.