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MLAs' parade becomes cynosure of Maha politics

Last updated on: November 25, 2019 21:51 IST

This was a "political fashion show" but certainly one unlike any other Maharashtra has seen.

IMAGE: NCP chief Sharad Pawar and Shiv Sena President Uddhav Thackeray along with NCP, Congress and Shiv Sena MLAs during a gathering to display their strength of 162, at Grand Hyatt Hotel in Mumbai. Photograph: Mitesh Bhuvad/PTI Photo

Grand Hyatt, the luxury hotel in suburban Mumbai, host to many fashion shows, including the biggest one in the country, on Monday saw the "parade" of Shiv Sena-Nationalist Congress Party and Congress MLAs.

The event came a day before the Supreme Court passes an order on the issue of floor test for the Maharashtra government led by Devendra Fadnavis whose swearing-in has been challenged by Shiv Sena-NCP-Congress combine.

IMAGE: NCP's Sharad Pawar, Shiv Sena president Uddhav Thackeray and senior Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge along with NCP, Congress and Shiv Sena MLAs. Photograph: Mitesh Bhuvad/PTI Photo

NCP chief Sharad Pawar, Shiv Sena president Uddhav Thackeray and senior Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge were among those present during the show of strength aimed at making a public statement that the three parties hold the real mandate to govern the state.

The Sena and Congress MLAs arrived at the hotel shortly before 7 pm by various buses arranged by their parties. NCP MLAs were shifted there earlier from another hotel.

IMAGE: Senior Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge and Shiv Sena president Uddhav Thackeray join hands during the gathering. Photograph: Mitesh Bhuvad/PTI Photo

Even as the "parade" of MLAs was in progress in the hotel, supporters of these parties gathered outside shouted slogans against Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Home Minister Amit Shah.

IMAGE: Shiv Sena president Uddhav Thackeray shows his fist during the MLAs' parade. Photograph: Mitesh Bhuvad/PTI Photo

IMAGE: Congress leader Ashok Chavan speaks as NCP, Congress and Shiv Sena MLAs gather along with senior leaders to display their strength to form the government, at Grand Hyatt Hotel. Photograph: Mitesh Bhuvad/PTI Photo
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