Congress said that the role of President Ram Nath Kovind in Maharashtra government formation was also "suspicious". (Photo Credit: Twitter/@INCIndia)
The Congress on Monday questioned the role of President Ram Nath Kovind over the early morning abrogation of the President’s rule in Maharashtra and asked if he applied his mind before taking the decision. Addressing a press conference, senior Congress leader Manish Tewari said that his party would request the Supreme Court to look into how Devendra Fadnavis was allowed to form the government.
"We want the Supreme Court to look into how this Government was formed illegally. When did the Governor receive claim for forming Govt, when was notice to remove President’s rule received and more," Tewari said.
The Congress leader also questioned whether the President used his own mind and asked when was the Governor informed about the abrogation of President’s rule in Maharashtra. "Did the President apply his mind? What was the application of mind done? At time was the Governor informed about abrogation of President's rule, at what time was he asked to administer oath so early in the morning?" he asked.
"Saturday's events (were) shameful and condemnable. We hope the top court studies all aspects, as to when letters were handed to (the) Governor from (the) BJP and an ally they found, as to how Governor studied the letters and took decisions," Tewari added.
We want the Supreme Court to look into how this Government was formed illegally. When did the Governor receive claim for forming Govt, when was notice to remove President’s rule received and more: @ManishTewari pic.twitter.com/oPLzV5YYBz— Congress (@INCIndia) November 26, 2019
In a shocking turn of events, Devendra Fadnavis was administered oath on Saturday morning after the President’s rule was removed from Maharashtra at 5:47 am. The Congress, Shiv Sena and NCP moved the Supreme Court against the "illegal" formation of government. The top court ordered Fadnavis to face floor test within 24 hours, following which he had to tender his resignation as he failed to arrange numbers.