The lawyer representing Shiv Sena in the apex court told PTI that the party has preferred not to mention the petition. The idea of the Shiv Sena and the Congress - two divergent ideological formations - coming together for government formation in Maharashtra had left many surprised. However, reports have suggested that the party too sought an extension from the Governor.
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Earlier in the day, the Sena moved the Supreme Court against the governor's refusal to give it extra time to form the government. The Governor approached the Nationalist Congress Party to indicate willingness to form the government in Maharashtra before 8.30 pm on Tuesday.
Uddhav Thackeray is yet to seal his party's alliance with the Congress and Sharad Pawar's NCP, a deal that leaders of the three parties had yesterday indicated would take some time. Congress General Secretary KC Venugopal took to Twitter saying: "Congress President Sonia Gandhi spoke to Sharad Pawar today morning and deputed Ahmed Patel, Mallikarjun Kharge and myself for holding further discussions with Pawar".
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On Sunday, the Bharatiya Janata Party had expressed its inability to form the government, and on Monday, the Shiv Sena could not produce the letters of support from the Congress and the NCP though it has secured "in-principle" support from both the parties. This wasn't acceptable to the BJP which got nearly double the number of Shiv Sena's seats.
The Sena has made a decision to first get its alliance with the Congress and Nationalist Congress Party in place before asking the the top court to intervene urgently. The Governor on Monday had also denied extra time to Shiv Sena delegation led by Aaditya Thackeray.
The NCP has 54 MLAs is now a discussion with its alliance partner Congress to support Shiv Sena and to cross halfway mark of 145.