NEW DELHI :
THE Shiv Sena on Tuesday moved the Supreme Court challenging the Maharashtra Governor’s decision of not granting it three days to submit the letter of support for Government formation in the State but failed to get an urgent hearing in the matter. The petition is likely to come up before the apex court on Wednesday morning. The lawyer representing the Shiv Sena told PTI that the apex court registry has informed that it is “not possible to constitute a bench today”.
“The Supreme Court has asked us to mention the writ petition that we filed at 10.30 AM on Wednesday before the court,” Advocate Sunil Fernandes, who filed the petition on behalf of the Shiv Sena, told PTI. He said the fresh/second petition challenging the imposition of President’s rule in the State is being readied. “The decision on when to file it (fresh petition) will be taken tomorrow,” he said. The Shiv Sena has sought a direction from the apex court to quash the Governor’s decision, taken on Monday, of not giving it the opportunity to prove majority on the floor of the House.
In a petition, filed through advocate Fernandes, the party claimed it was invited to form the Government on Monday and had indicated its willingness to do so on Tuesday. The Governor’s decision is unconstitutional, discriminatory, unreasonable, capricious and mala fide, the party said in the plea, adding that “the Governor can’t act in a manner to only suit the majority political party” at the Centre or act on the Central Government’s “diktats”.
Will work out plan with NCP, Cong: Uddhav
MUMBAI : SHIV Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray on Tuesday said the Congress, the NCP and his party will work out a formula for formation of the Government in Maharashtra facing political uncertainty for nearly three weeks now. Attacking the BJP over its claim that the Sena was in touch with the Congress-NCP since the October 24 poll results, Thackeray said he had allied with the chief NDA constituent in its “dark times”. “I officially spoke to the Congress-NCP only yesterday (November 11), seeking support for Government formation. We will work out a formula for the same,” he told reporters after meeting the Sena’s MLA-elects at a suburban resort.
He said the Sena needs a clarity on the Common Minimum Programme (CMP) just like the Congress and the NCP if a Government is to be formed with their support. The Sena President took a dig at Governor B S Koshyari over denial of more time to drum up support for Government formation in the State, where President’s rule was imposed on Tuesday evening. “The Maharashtra Governor had given us a letter (asking the Sena to show willingness to form Government) even before the deadline allotted to the BJP got over. We then asked the Governor for additional time, which he denied.
“Now it seems, the Governor has given us ample time of six months to decide on Government formation,” Thackeray said sarcastically. “We had asked for 48 hrs but the Governor gave us six months,” he said. He hit out at the Bharatiya Janata Party, saying, “The fact that I reached out to the Congress-NCP only yesterday proves the BJP’s allegation, that I was in touch with them since day of the election results, wrong.” Reaffirming the Sena’a commitment to Hindutva, he pointed out that parties with different ideologies have forged alliance with the BJP. “I have sought information on how the BJP forged alliances with non-ideological partners like Mehbooba Mufti (PDP-J&K), Nitish Kumar (JDU-Bihar), Chandrababu Naidu (TDP- Andhra Pradesh) and Ramvilas Paswan (LJP-Bihar).
“It will be helpful for me to understand on how to go ahead with the Congress and NCP,” the Sena leader said. Asked whether he has officially broken the alliance with the BJP, Thackeray said, “If it is broken, it is by them and not me. They lied and tried to prove me a liar.” He reiterated that sharing the CM’s post was decided before the assembly polls, but the BJP did not honour this commitment. “It is not true Hindutva when you are in favour of Ram temple, but break promise,” Thackeray said. The Sena chief addressed the press conference shortly after a similar presser by leaders of the Congress and NCP in south Mumbai.