A day before the Supreme Court rules on floor test for Maharashtra government led by Devendra Fadnavis whose swearing-in has been challenged by the Shiv Sena-NCP-Congress combine, the three parties paraded 162 MLAs in a show of strength at a luxury hotel in Mumbai.
Supreme Court is expected pass an order on floor test, today at 10.30 am.
At the event, the MLAs took oath to not fall prey to any inducements by the BJP.
NCP MLA Dhananjay Munde said 162 MLAs of the three parties
The Maharashtra Legislative Assembly has the strength of 288 MLAs where the halfway mark is 145.
NCP chief Sharad Pawar told the gathering of MLAs that he would personally ensure that none of them loses membership for voting against the BJP during floor test in the Assembly.
Pawar addressed a joint meeting of the MLAs of 'Maha Vikas Aghadi' comprising the Shiv Sena, NCP and Congress at the five-star hotel.
The NCP chief said BJP has tried unconstitutional ways to gain power in Goa and some other states.
The NCP chief added that he had consulted several constitutional and legal experts and also gone through previous instances on the issue of technicalities.
Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray, speaking at the event, asked the BJP to "make way" for the Sena-NCP-Congress alliance to rule Maharashtra.
Congress leader Ashok Chavan said, "We are more than 162, not just 162. We all will be a part of the government. I thank Sonia Gandhi who allowed for this alliance to stop BJP."
"The governor should invite us to form government," he said.
Responding to the show of strength by the three-party alliance, BJP MLA Ashish Shelar said a majority in the Assembly cannot be proved by such "identification parades".
The BJP, which has maximum 105 MLAs, is counting on the support of some Independents and Others, apart from Ajit Pawar.
Update: Uddhav Thackeray's swearing-in ceremony has been preponed to November 28 from December 1, News18 has reported. The venue still remains Shivaji Park, according to the news channel.
Ashish Shelar, BJP after attending party meeting in Mumbai: In coming days we will serve people, sitting in the opposition. We received information that 'Maha Vikas Aghadi' is going to stake claim to form government with Uddhav Thackeray as CM, we congratulate them. (ANI)
Uddhav meets guv, stakes claim to form Sena-NCP-Cong govt: Report
The Shiv Sena-NCP-Congress combine on Tuesday evening elected Uddhav Thackeray as its nominee for Maharashtra Chief Minister's post, following which the Sena president met the Governor and staked claim to form government of the "Maharashtra Vikas Aghadi".
Thackeray was accompanied by legislature party leaders of the three parties as he headed for Raj Bhavan to meet governor B K Koshyari, a Sena leader said.
"We are submitting a joint statement of staking claim for government formation. We will also produce proof of the support of all the MLAs of the three parties to the governor as part of the mandatory procedure," said the leader. (PTI)
Mumbai: Shiv Sena Chief Uddhav Thackeray paid tribute to party founder & his father Balasaheb Thackeray, at Matoshree (Thackeray residence), after getting elected as 'Maha Vikas Aghadi' (NCP-Congress-Shiv Sena alliance) CM candidate, today. #Maharashtra pic.twitter.com/DKQdiRIK2Y— ANI (@ANI) 26 November 2019
Update: Meeting underway between NCP Chief Sharad Pawar, Ajit Pawar, and Supriya Sule at Silver Oak, the residence of Sharad Pawar.
Update: Meeting of BJP MLAs is currently underway at the party's office in Mumbai.
Update: Meanwhile, Ajit Pawar has now reached Sharad Pawar's residence, News18 has reported.
Update: Senior leaders of the Maha Vikas Aghadi are now heading towards the Raj Bhavan to stake claim to form the government.
Ramdas Kadam, Shiv Sena on Uddhav Thackeray being elected as the CM face of 'Maha Vikas Aghadi': The Governor will invite him (Uddhav Thackeray), maybe everything will be decided today. We are going to him (Governor).
Abdul Sattar, Shiv Sena: Our priority will be to waive loans to farmers in the first cabinet meeting itself. Except a few people, rest of the Maharashtra is happy today. I should not be making comments on why Ajit Pawar joined hands with BJP, rest Sharad Pawar can comment on him. (ANI)