Indian Politics

Maharashtra Assembly Election 2019

The assembly election in Maharashtra seems like a never-ending affair. The matter is coming up with a whole new conundrum every day that leaves the people doubtful in the country. The win of either of these parties is not clear yet since the matter is getting more serious day by day. It was 21st of October 2019 when the polls held in Maharashtra for government formation and everyone was in extreme excitement about the results that were to come out on the third day from the polling day. On 24th November 2019 when the results came out, BJP secured (105) seats, NCP (54) seats, Shiv Sena (56) seats and Congress (44). Then the news came that the shiv Sena and BJP coalition has fallen apart owing to the issues raised about chief ministerial position and seat-sharing between the two major parties.

The latest updates of Maharashtra legislative assembly election 2019

26th November 2019

Devendra Fadnavis follows the footsteps of Ajit Pawar and resigns as a Chief minister.

  • After the resignation of Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar, the Chief Minister of Maharashtra, Devendra Fadnavis also resigns from the position.
  • In a press conference with Hindustan Times he says, ‘After this (press conference), I will go to Raj Bhavan and tender my resignation. I wish them all the best whoever will form the government. But that will be a very unstable government as there is a huge difference of opinions.
  • He also said, ‘Ajit Pawar met me in the morning today and said he cannot stay in alliance and resigned. Because of his resignation, we do not have the majority. We had said from the first day that we will not engage in horse-trading. We decided to form the government because we thought that the entire NCP group will back us.’

26th November 2019

Ajit Pawar’s shocking resignation a day before the floor test.

There are shocking events are happening back to back in the politics of the state. A few hours after the Supreme Court’s order for Devendra Fadnavis on facing a floor test on Wednesday by 5 pm, the Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar resigned from his post. Devendra Fadnavis confirmed the news with India Today that Ajit Pawar has resigned as Deputy Chief Minister.

26th November 2019

SC orders Maharashtra Government to conduct floor test by Wednesday, 5 pm.

After hearing the case that has been concluded on Monday from all the concerned parties, the Supreme Court ordered the Maharashtra government on Tuesday morning to conduct the floor test on Wednesday by 5 pm. The order passed by the three-judge panel encompassing NV Ramana, Ashok Bhushan, and Sanjiv Khanna.

25th November 2019

SG Informed SC, Devendra Fadnavis has a majority of 170 MLAs.

  • Solicitor General Tushar Mehta informed the Supreme Court about Devendra Fadnavis having a majority in the house with 170 MLAs on Monday.
  • Mehta Appeared for the central government and informed the court that he has collected the letters of support of the BJP, NCP MLAs.
  • He stated that the letter clearly displays that Ajit Pawar handed over the letter of support of 54 MLAs with signatures to the Governor.
  • He said, ‘According to the letter of support of Ajit Pawar on November 22, Fadnavis staked claim to form a government, which also includes letters of support of 11 independent and other MLAs.
  • The Centre told the court that the Governor’s decision of calling Devendra Fadnavis to form the government was based on the letter of support of 170 MLAs including all 54 MLAs of NCP of Ajit Pawar.

24th November 2019

SC orders centre to present the Letter of support to the Governor by Monday.

The Supreme Court heard the Petition filed by the Shiv Sena-NCP-Congress against the Governor’s decision to swear in Devendra Fadnavis as Chief minister on Saturday.

  • In the hearing on Sunday, the Supreme Court passed the order for the centre to produce the Governor’s decision and Letter of Support put forward by BJP’s Devendra Fadnavis to the governor by 10:30 am on Monday (25th November 2019).
  • Advocate Kapil Sibal claimed and argued that nothing written is in proofs and appealed to ask the State Governor to have the floor test in Maharashtra assembly today itself.
  • Sibal also claimed that the governor’s decision was a move of bias, malafide and violation of all norms. He further adds that the three parties alliance can prove their majority in Maharashtra assembly tomorrow.
  • While Abhishek Manu Singhvi who is representing NCP in the case said, ‘NCP had a majority yesterday, removing Ajit Pawar, signed by 41 MLAs- it is surprising.’ He further adds, “How can Ajit Pawar have the support of these people, how can he, who has been removed as legislative party leader, become the deputy chief minister of Maharashtra.”

24th November 2019

Hearing of petition filed by three-party on Sunday at 11:30 am.

It is evident that the three-party alliance of NCP, Shive Sena, and Congress are all set to fight against the Bhartiya Janta party (BJP.) The Supreme Court is scheduled the hearing of a petition filed by the three parties on the partisan move by the governor BS koshyari on Sunday morning at 11:30 am.

  • The petitioner parties aim to convince the court for the quick call to floor test because they are certain that Devendra Fadnavis does not have the complete number of MLAs, matter experts said.
  • The panel of the Supreme Court judges will have the justices that include NV Ramana, Ashoka Bhushan, and Sanjiv Khanna to hear the case.
  • The new NCP legislature party chief, Jayant Patil said, ‘We had 42 legislators present in the meeting. Seven others called us and told they were on their way’.
  • But BJP also appeared confident about their move and one of the senior party members said that they are certainly getting the support of some of the independent legislators.
  • On the other way, Sharad Pawar said, ‘All the three parties have prepared their separate list of MLAs with their signatures. Being the leader of the legislative party, NCP’s list of 54 MLAs was with Ajit Pawar. And that he may have submitted the same list to the governor cannot be ruled out’.
  • The congress also shared its insights towards the matter. The party’s General secretary KC Venugopal said, ‘The Congress will against this subversion of the constitution both legally and on the floor of House by defeating the confidence motion.’
  • ‘Only a few NCP MLAs have fallen in the trap of BJP. All other MLAs of Congress and NCP are with us. This unholy and corrupt political alliance will fall before long.’ said the KC Venugopal.

23rd November 2019

Three-party combine filed the plea against the Devendra Fadnavis taking oath as CM of Maharashtra illegally.

The evening of the same day the news released that Shiv Sena, NCP, and Congress party filed a petition in the Supreme Court against the “arbitrary and malafide actions/decisions” of Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari in pledging Devendra Fadnavis as the Chief Minister of Maharashtra.

  • The month-long political affair in Maharashtra took a new turn when the Fadnavis and Pawar took the pledge as the chief minister and deputy chief minister early on Saturday morning.
  • The three parties (Shiv Sena, NCP, congress) have filed the petition against Devendra Fadnavis and Ajit Pawar on taking the oath as Chief minister and deputy chief minister respectively and claimed it illegal.
  • The petitioners were hoping for the response of the registrar on the hearing of the plea.
  • The petition stated, “The petitioners 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 parties also alleged that there was no written proof of Devendra Fadnavis having the letters of support of 144 MLAs.
  • According to The Hindu, the petition also asked, “What was the hurry and hot haste to revoke presidents’ rule at 5:47 am and administer the oath at around 8 am, barely two and a half hours later.

23rd November 2019

Sharad Pawar, NCP chief clarifies that he did not support Ajit Pawar’s decision.

The day brings more surprises when the chief of NCP, Sharad Pawar took to twitter and wrote, ‘Ajit Pawar’s decision to support the BJP to form the Maharashtra Government is his personal decision and not that of the Congress party (NCP). We place on record that we do not support and endorse this decision of his.’

  • After taking oath Ajit Pawar said, ‘From the result day to this day no party was able to form the government. Maharashtra was facing many problems including farmer issues, so we decided to form a stable government’.
  • Sharad Pawar in a joint press conference alleged that there is a possibility that Ajit Pawar might have gone with the false list of signatures of about 10-11 MLAs in order to register their presence.
  • Supriya Sule told The Indian Express that it was a party and family split.
  • The development comes a day after the alliance of the NCP, Congress and Shiv Sena that clearly state that the leader of Shiv Sena, Uddhav Thackeray would be the new Chief Minister heading the government formed by them.

23rd November 2019

Devendra Fadnavis took the pledge as Chief Minister of Maharashtra in alliance with NCP’s Ajit Pawar.

The matter took a dramatic turn when early morning on 23rd November 2019, just a few hours after the announcement of the Shiv Sena-NCP-Congress alliance, BJP’s Devendra Fadnavis took oath as the Chief Minister of Maharashtra and Ajit Pawar of NCP pledged as deputy chief minister. They both took the oath in front of Governor BS koshyari in Mumbai.

  • As per the reports, Fadnavis said that people have given them clear authorization from people but the Shiv Sena discussed with other parties about the government formation was not supposed.
  • He also added that Maharashtra needed a stable government, not a ‘khichdi’ government.
  • Apart from Fadnavis, Ajit Pawar the nephew of the NCP chief Sharad Pawar also said ‘I took this decision as the discussion of an alliance of the three parties Congress, NCP, and Shiv Sena was not ending. There was a need to give a stable government in Maharashtra.’
  • Just a few minutes after the Devendra Fadnavis took oath as the Chief Minister of Maharashtra, the Prime minister Narendra Modi congratulated him and Ajit Pawar. He said that he was confident about them and their diligent work for the future of the state.
  • Fadnavis said, ‘The mandate of the people was for BJP-Sena but the later insulted this mandate we took this decision.’

This news came as a complete surprise to the people owing to the Friday evening decision of the NCP, Shiv Sena and Congress on alliance and forming the government under the Shiv Sena Chief, Uddhav Thackeray’s leadership.

22nd November 2019

Uddhav Thackeray will head the alliance of NCP, Congress, and Shiv Sena.

• After breaking the pre-poll alliance with BJP, Shiv Sena made an alliance with the Nationalist Congress Party and the congress. The Sena will take hold of the top position and will lead the alliance of the three parties as per the news.
• The announcement of the alliance among these three parties came out when the leaders of these parties met in a meeting in Mumbai.
• These parties decided to form the government under the leadership of the Shiv Sena chief, Uddhav Thackeray as a chief minister.
• They were planning on meeting the governor BS Koshyari to present their alliance in Mumbai.

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