Centre tells Supreme Court Fadnavis has 170 MLAs including 54 of NCP
On Monday Devendra Fadnavis told the Supreme Court that his party had the support of 170 MLAs based on which he staked claim to form the government in Maharashtra in a twist of events on Saturday Morning.
The Centre too informed the Supreme Court that the Governor invited Fadnavis to form the government only after he produced a letter of support of 170 MLAs.
Mukul Rohatgi, who was appearing for Devendra Fadnavis in the Supreme Court hearing, said that Ajit Pawar pledged the support of all 54 NCP MLAs.
The Supreme Court on Monday resumed its hearing into the petition filed by Shiv Sena-NCP-Congress against the Governor's move to swear in Devendra Fadnavis as the chief minister.
The Centre on Monday sought two to three days' time from the Supreme Court to file a reply to the plea against the governor's decision to invite Devendra Fadnavis to become chief minister.
The Solicitor General Tushar Mehta, representing the Centre, has submitted the letters of Maharashtra Governor BS Koshyari and Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis in Supreme Court.
Fadnavis has claimed that apart from the 105 BJP MLAs, 54 NCP MLAs are supporting him alongwith 11 Independent MLAs. Letters from NCP and Independents have also been submitted in the court.
During the hearing, Solicitor General referred to the letter submitted by Ajit Pawar and said it had the endorsement of all 54 NCP MLAs.
Advocate Mukul Rohatgi further stated in the court, "I met Ajit Pawar, he had support of 54 NCP MLAs so governor asked Devendra Fadnavis to form the government."