President’s rule imposed in Maharashtra, Shiv Sena moves to Supreme Court

Maharashtra's legislative assembly
Maharashtra’s legislative assembly

President of India, Ram Nath Kovind decided to impose President’s rule in Maharashtra on the advice of Governer of Maharashtra Bhagat Singh Koshyari as no party was able to show clear majority. The Assembly of the state will be kept under suspended exuberance.

This decision was followed by Koshyari’s decision of asking the third largest party in the assembly, NCP, to come and try their luck in forming a government in the state.

As soon as Koshyari’s report was dispatched, Union Cabinet led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi decided to meet and approved a recommendation to the President to issue a proclamation under Article 356(1) of the Constitution, a senior Home Ministry official said.

The Cabinet was asked to gather at the Prime Minister’s residence as quick as possible as he was about to fly to Brazil to attend the BRICS summit.

In his report to the President, Mr. Koshyari said a situation had arisen in which it was impossible to constitute or form a stable government in the State, and the government could not be carried on in accordance with the provisions of the Constitution.

Horse-trading or unfair practices were not mentioned in the report.

“The Governor of Maharashtra made a recommendation to the President that he made attempts to explore the possibility of formation of government by having appropriate communications with all the political parties who could have formed the government in alliance with other political parties. Unfortunately his attempts to do so have failed so far. Keeping in view the situation, circumstances and ground realities, the Governor is satisfied that the situation has arisen in the State of Maharashtra in which it is impossible to constitute and/or form a stable government in the State,” an official summarised the Governer’s report.

Shiv Sena amomgst all this chaos has moved Supreme Court against the Governor rejecting its claim to form a government and refusing to grant three days to demonstrate its requisite majority. |



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