Amid the political crisis in Maharashtra, the Centre on Monday told the Supreme Court that the state's Governor, Bhagat Singh Koshyari, received a letter of support from Ajit Pawar on November 22, with signatures of 54 NCP MLAs. Solicitor General Tushar Mehta also submitted the letter that the Governor had written to Devendra Fadnavis inviting him to form the government.
Solicitor General Tushar Mehta told Supreme Court, "This is not a question of horse-trading but an entire stable going the other way." Mehta said that Raj Bhavan had received a letter from NCP's Ajit Pawar extending support to the BJP-led government, adding that the Governor had no reason to disbelieve him.
Appearing on behalf of NCP's Ajit Pawar, lawyer Maninder Singh told the Supreme Court on Monday, "As a leader of the party, I am authorized to take a call on issues. I am an NCP." Singh added, "The list of MLAs which I gave is constitutionally and legally correct." The Supreme Court is hearing a petition by the Shiv Sena-Congress-NCP combine.
The Supreme Court has reserved its order on the petition filed by Shiv Sena-NCP-Congress against Maharashtra Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari for 10:30 am tomorrow. Mukul Rohatgi, who is representing Maharashtra BJP, told Supreme Court that it cannot direct Maharashtra Governor to initiate the floor test within 24 hours. He further said that a reasonable time for a floor test is 7 days.