The Hush Post| 12:26 pm|one-minute-read|
The lawmakers of the world’s largest democracy are under virtual ‘house arrest’. And the house arrest in various hotels is due to the suspicion of horse-trading and the doubt that the respective MLAs of the three parties may fall prey to it.
As politics get more and more complicated in Maharashtra, Congress MLAs are being shifted to JW Marriott Hotel in Andheri, Mumbai. The Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) MLAs have been shifted to Renaissance Hotel in Mumbai. Sena MLAs too have been huddled at one place or the other either a hotel or a house.
What’s not funny is that the MLA are not allowed by the hotel security to move out even a bit. The waiters are keeping a round-the-clock check on each one of them on the sly.
In the meanwhile, Maharashtra government will not be represented by anyone in the Supreme Court today when the apex court will hear a joint plea of Shiv Sena, NCP and Congress against the decision of Maharashtra Governor to invite BJP’s Devendra Fadnavis to form the government in the state, said sources.
Sources informed that since Maharashtra government has not been given any notice by the Supreme Court. It has decided not to represent itself in the court.
However, the Standing Counsel of the Maharashtra government has been asked to remain on ‘standby’ and adequately represent the government in case the court asks for or if needed.
Attorney General of India, KK Venugopal is likely to appear for the Raj Bhavan while senior counsel Mukul Rohatgi is likely to represent BJP in the Supreme Court.
The petitioners – Shiv Sena, NCP and Congress – have requested the Supreme Court to order a floor test to be held on Sunday itself. Senior Congress leader and advocate Kapil Sibal will appear in the court on behalf of the petitioners. The matter will be heard at 11:30 am today.
After a prolonged uncertainty over the government formation that lasted for nearly a month, Devendra Fadnavis on Saturday morning took oath for the second consecutive term as the state CM, while Ajit Pawar took oath as his deputy.