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  • 10:44 PM IST

  • 10:44 PM IST

    Maharashtra Crisis LIVE: Maharashtra Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar has arrived at the residence of state Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis.

  • 10:10 PM IST
    Maharashtra Crisis LIVE: Maharashtra Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar leaves from his residence.
  • 9:51 PM IST

    Maharashtra Crisis LIVE: NCP leader Dhananjay Munde requested everyone to stop spreading rumours about him and said, “I am with the party, I am with Pawar Saheb. Please don’t spread rumours.”

  • 9:50 PM IST

    Maharashtra Crisis LIVE: Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut reaches the residence of NCP chief Sharad Pawar for a meeting.

  • 9:49 PM IST

    Maharashtra Crisis LIVE: Yuva Swabhiman Party MLA Ravi Rana, also a supporter of the BJP, had met the deputy chief minister of Maharashtra today. After the meet, Rana said, “I congratulated him, it took time but the state now has good CM & Deputy CM. MLAs will be more than 175, it will increase even more due to what is happening in Shiv Sena.”

  • 9:43 PM IST
    Maharashtra Crisis LIVE: Senior Congress leader Ahmed Patel arrives at JW Marriott Hotel, where Congress MLAs are currently lodged. Some of the other party leaders who are already present at the hotel are Ashok Chavan, Balasaheb Thorat, Sushil Kumar Shinde, and Mallikarjun Kharge.
  • 9:39 PM IST
    Maharashtra Crisis LIVE: Owing to security reasons, NCP to move its MLAs from Hotel Renaissance to Hotel Hyatt.
  • 8:31 PM IST
    Maharashtra Crisis LIVE: Independent MLA Vinay Kore who supports BJP said, “We can see that two factions have been formed in NCP. We will get to know through floor test who has the bigger faction, how many people are with Ajit dada (Ajit Pawar), how many with Pawar sa’ab and are these two doing this together.”
  • 7:51 PM IST
    Maharashtra Crisis LIVE: NCP MLA Dilip Bankar was reportedly present at the swearing-in ceremony of Ajit Pawar. Assuring Sharad Pawar of support, Bankar explained that since his child was ill he had to skip the Saturday’s meeting and go to Nashik. Speaking to news agency ANI, Bankar said, “I met him (Sharad Pawar) and told him that my child was ill, I had to go to Nashik, so I couldn’t come to the meeting yesterday. We are supporting NCP and not BJP.”

New Delhi: A day after Devendra Fadnavis took oath as Maharashtra Chief Minister for second consecutive time with the support of senior Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) leader Ajit Pawar, the Supreme Court on Sunday heard the joint petition of Sena-NCP-Congress at 11:30 AM.

Notably, the parties had filed a petition in the apex court on Saturday evening seeking an immediate floor test to ‘avoid horse-trading and illegal manoeuvres’ in Maharashtra.  The SC bench hearing the petition comprised Justice NV Ramana, Justice Ashok Bhushan and Justice Sanjiv Khanna.

“The petition was filed by three political parties in the Supreme Court requesting for an immediate floor test in order to expose the illegitimate and unconstitutional government headed by Devendra Fadnavis and Ajit Pawar. We are confident that majesty of law and constitution will prevail and forces led by BJP who have taken the contract for the murder of democracy will get a befitting reply”, Congress’ spokesperson Randeep Singh Surjewala had said.

Terming the Governor’s decision as a ‘brazen action’, the petition sought the apex court’s direction to Koshyari to invite the alliance of Maha Vikas Aghadi comprising the Shiv Sena, the Congress and the NCP “which has the support of more than 144 MLAs to form the government under the leadership of Uddhav Thackeray”.

Earlier on Saturday, Maharashtra witnessed a major twist after BS Koshyari administered oath of office to Devendra Fadnavis as CM of the state. NCP leader Ajit Pawar was sworn in as his deputy. Miffed with his move, the NCP, on late Saturday night sacked Pawar and appointed its state President Jayant Patil as party’s new Legislature group chief.

The decision to sack Ajit was taken at an NCP meeting convened by party supremo Sharad Pawar. A resolution passed at the legislature wing’s meeting said that Ajit’s actions defied the party’s policies. Besides, the resolution also said that Ajit Pawar’s right to issue a whip was revoked.

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