MUMBAI — President of India Ram Nath Kovind signs off on the order imposing President’s rule in Maharashtra hours after Governor BS Koshiyari’s letter to the President recommending that President’s rule be imposed.
The imposition of President’s rule in the state surprised everyone including stakeholders as hectic parleys continue with the Shiv Sena, NCP and the Congress for government formation in Maharashtra.
“Governor of Maharashtra Bhagat Singh Koshyari having been satisfied that as Govt of Maharashtra cannot be carried on in accordance with the Constitution, has today submitted a report as contemplated by the provisions of Article 356 of Constitution (President’s Rule),” he wrote in a letter to the President on the current situation.
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In the meantime, Shiv Sena has moved Supreme Court challenging the Governor’s decision to reject its request seeking for more time to get the required numbers in writing.
Seeking an urgent hearing, Shiv Sena has stated that the Governor cannot decide which party has majority without giving the party an opportunity to prove its numbers on the floor of the House.
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.
Constitution experts say that political parties in Maharashtra can still stake their claim to form government after the imposition of President’s rule, reports IANS.
The decision to impose the President’s rule came hours after state Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari informed President Ram Nath Kovind that he was “satisfied that Maharashtra government cannot be carried on in accordance with the Constitution”.
“The President has not dissolved the Assembly yet. So, political parties in the fray can approach the Governor staking their claim on government formation”, said P.D.T. Achary, former Secretary General, Lok Sabha.
(With media inputs)