The BJP on Sunday said that the removal of Ajit Pawar as leader of the NCP legislature party was "invalid" and the whip given by Ajit Pawar need to follow.
In a press conference, BJP state leader Ashish Shelar said: "The letter of support to the governor was given by Ajit Pawar as leader of the NCP's legislature party. Ajit Pawar's replacement with Jayant Patil is invalid".
Giving more support to his argument, BJP leader Shelar added that that Ajit Pawar's replacement with Jayant Patil was done at the NCP's legislature wing meeting where all MLAs of the Sharad Pawar-led party were not present.
"The petition in the Supreme Court (filed by the Shiv Sena and others against the Governor's decision of swearing in Mr Fadnavis) doesn't challenge the October 30 appointment of Ajit Pawar as the legislature party leader," the BJP MLA Shelar said.
Ajit Pawar was replaced by Jayant Patil as the NCP's legislature unit leader on Saturday, hours after he joined hands with the BJP in a coup and took oath as deputy to Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis.
Raising another legal point, Shelar said that after the governor's decision to invite a new government to be sworn in, the change in leadership of the NCP legislature party will need to be verified by the governor.