Former Maharashtra chief minister and Congress leader Prithviraj Chavan alleged on Saturday that the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government has hatched a conspiracy to suspend 15 Congress MLAs to 'manufacture majority' in the state assembly.
Terming the government 'unconstitutional', Chavan said his party was planning to move court on the issue.
The party has organised a lecture on the 'undemocratic minority government in Maharashtra' by retired justice PB Sawant under the banner of Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru Forum for Justice and Peace on Saturday.
Chavan said that the BJP government was illegal because it failed to prove the majority on the floor of the house on November 12, despite the clear Supreme Court rulings making the division of vote mandatory.
"We have been demanding the video tapes of the business of the house when the trust vote was pushed through amid chaos. Despite of our repeated attempts the legislature secretariat has been dilly dallying in handing over the recordings. I believe the secretariat is under government pressure for not handing over the footage," he said.
Chavan said that the BJP government had already suspended 5 Congress MLAs by claiming that they had heckled the state governor on the day of the trust vote. He said that the government is planning to suspend 10 more MLAs so that the BJP is in a position to prove the majority.
Retired justice PB Sawant also said that the Devendra Fadnavis government was illegal, unconstitutional and undemocratic because it had failed to prove the majority in the stipulated time period.
"Being the party with lesser numbers of MLAs needed for the majority, the Governor of Maharashtra had asked the government to prove the majority in 15 days. The government failed to prove the majority as per the directives given by the SC in SR Bomai case in the early 1990s. The trust vote should have been proven by the BJP demonstrably as ruled by various courts in different cases," he added.
Sawant added that the governor, too, has failed to discharge his duties by not dissolving the government that has not proved the majority. He said that the people should rise against the act in the interest of the democracy as there is a likelihood of the example to be set as precedent in other states and even in the Parliament.