19 days after the poll results, President’s rule imposed in Maharastra. Maharastra under Presidents rule now. Kovind approves President rule in Maharastra. Maharastra Governor had recommended the President rule. The Shiv Sena has approached the Supreme Court of India (SC). It has claimed that Governor wrongfully declined giving three days. It has sought a hearing today
Governor of Maharashtra, Bhagat Singh Koshyari, having been satisfied that as Government 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)
On Monday, Maharashtra Governor BS Koshyari invited the third-largest party in Maharashtra, Sharad Pawar’s Nationalist Congress Party (NCP), to express willingness to form the government. NCP has 54 MLAs and a party or alliance has to have 145 MLAs in the Maharashtra assembly to prove majority. Earlier, the Shiv Sena failed to stake claim to form the government with 56 MLAs and BJP refused to say they do not have the required numbers as they have only 105 MLAs in the 288-member Maharashtra assembly. Now, after a Cabinet recommendation on Tuesday, President Ram Nath Kovind has approved imposing the President’s rule in Maharashtra.
Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray took a jibe at Maharashtra governor’s recommendation to impose President’s Rule in the state, and the subsequent imposition after approval from Ram Nath Kovind, and said that the governor was so “considerate” that he had given the party six months “to work out modalities with the Congress and NCP.” Six months is the stipulated time under a President’s Rule situation.
Former Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis on Tuesday said that the imposition of President’s Rule in the state was unfortunate but expressed hope that a stable government would soon be formed.
Political parties in Maharashtra can still stake their claim to form a government after the imposition of President’s rule, say Constitution experts.
The Supreme Court will not accord urgent hearing on Tuesday itself to the petition filed by the Shiv Sena challenging the Maharashtra governor’s decision of not granting it three days to submit the letter of support for government formation in the state, a party lawyer said.
The lawyer said the SC registry informed that it will “not be possible to constitute a bench today”.
“The Supreme Court has asked us to mention the writ petition that we filed at 10.30 AM on Wednesday before the court,” Advocate Sunil Fernandes, who filed the petition on behalf of the Shiv Sena
The imposition of President’s Rule in Maharashtra on Tuesday is the first instance in the 59-year-old history of the state when Article 356 has been invoked due to the inability of political parties to form a government after an Assembly election. Overall, this is the third time that Maharashtra has come under the central rule. Present-Day Maharashtra came into existence on 1 May 1960.