Congress challenges constitutional validity of Fadnavis government
Mumbai: The Congress' Maharashtra unit on Wednesday moved Bombay High Court challenging the constitutional validity of the Devendra Fadnavis-led BJP government and seeking its dismissal.
Former minister M Naseem Khan filed a writ petition before the court questioning the constitutional validity of the nearly month-old government and terming it as "illegal".
Justice VM Kanade has posted the matter for hearing on Friday (November 28), he said.
After the October 15 elections, Maharashtra threw up a fractured verdict in which the Bharatiya Janata Party secured 123 seats (which came to 122 after a legislator's death), the Shiv Sena got 63, the Congress 42 and the Nationalist Congress Party 41, with the remaining 18 going to independents and smaller parties.
"Fadnavis approached the Governor CV Rao to stake claim to form the government claiming it had the requisite majority in the 288-member assembly, and was asked to prove it (majority) within 15 days," Khan, a legislator from Mumbai, said.
However, Khan said that the vote of confidence in the assembly on November 12 was passed by a voice vote.
"Nobody knows how many MLAs (legislators) voted in favour of the government or against it in the voice vote. Our stand is that this remains a minority government which does not enjoy the confidence of the house and must be dismissed immediately," he contended.
Later the Congress and Shiv Sena had led separate delegations to Governor Rao questioning the validity of the November 12 trust vote.
Khan also claimed that all the major decisions taken by this government are "illegal" and must be set aside.
Former additional solicitor-general of India BA Desai and former solicitor-general of India TR Andhyarujina will appear on behalf of Khan in the case.
Fadnavis was sworn-in as Chief Minister on October 31 at the head of a 10-member ministry which is likely to be expanded shortly.