The Hush Post / 03:55 pm / 1-min-read
Maharashtra was placed under President’s Rule on Tuesday a short while back. This after a report from Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari to the centre that none of the three parties he had invited since Saturday – BJP, Shiv Sena and Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) – could produce enough numbers to stake claim to form government even 20 days after the October 24 state election results.
The Governor sent the report after the NCP spoke to him at 11 am, hours before its 8.30 pm deadline, and asked for more time.
President’s Rule was recommended in the middle of meetings between allies Congress and NCP to discuss support to the Shiv Sena. The NCP of Sharad Pawar received an invite last evening after the Shiv Sena failed to get a three-day extension to stake claim.
The Sena has gone to the Supreme Court against the Governor’s refusal to give it more time.
Earlier, the union cabinet had recommended President’s Rule in Maharashtra. Raj Bhavan had confirmed that Governor Koshyari has recommended President’s Rule in Maharashtra. The Union Cabinet cleared Governor Koshyari’s recommendation, reports suggest.
The recommendation came before the state Governor’s deadline ended to show letters of support to form a government. The NCP received Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari’s invite last evening. NCP’s deadline to stake claim was 8.30 pm today i.e, Tuesday.
The Shiv Sena failed to get a three-day extension to stake claim for government formation. The Sena has gone to the Supreme Court against the Governor’s refusal to give it more time.
The BJP won 105 seats in the Maharashtra polls and the Sena 56, which placed them comfortably ahead of the majority mark of 145 in the 288-member assembly. But the allies fell out over the Sena’s demand for rotational chief ministership.
With the NCP’s 54 seats and the Congress’s 44, the Sena will have 154 MLAs on its side.