Mumbai, Nov 25 : The Shiv Sena, Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) and Congress (Maha Vikas Aghadi) on Monday staked claim to form the government in Maharashtra , submitting signatures of support from 162 MLA's to the Governor.
The Shiv Sena submitted the signatures of 63 MLAs (including independents), the Congress 44 and the NCP 51. The Samajwadi Party also joined the three parties and has submitted signatures of two members. The parties went to Raj Bhawan, Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari's residence in Mumbai today and gave a letter, but the governor was in Delhi.
The three NCP signatures missing from the letter submitted to the Governor this morning are those of Ajit Pawar, Anna Bansod and Narhari Zhirwal. Meanwhile, the Sena, NCP and Congress hope the Supreme Court will announce a test of strength in the Maharashtra assembly at the earliest. Sena's claim for govt formation should be considered once BJP fails floor test, letter submitted at Raj Bhavan office says.
Later, talking to media persons, NCP leader, Jayant Patil said we are ready for floor test either in Governor's office or in Assembly.
The Supreme Court will announce its decision tomorrow on the petition, which calls the sudden government formation "unconstitutional". (UNI)