Maharashtra Govt Formation | Union Cabinet recommends President's rule, Shiv Sena moves SC
Mumbai | Jagran News Desk: The Union Cabinet, chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday, has recommended President’s rule in Maharashtra, where no political party has been able to form a government after the Assembly polls last month, PTI quoted sources as saying.
Meanwhile, Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari also recommended imposing Governor's rule in the state.
"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)," Raj Bhawan said in a statement.
Ministry of Home Affairs has sent a file to the President for his signature approving imposition of President's rule in Maharashtra.
Article 356, commonly known as President's rule, deals with 'failure of constitutional machinery in the state'.
The purported assessment, based on report of Maharashtra governor, was that no party or formation of parties is currently in position to form government. Since assembly will be under suspended animation, it can be revived as and when any party or alliance has the numbers to form the government.
On the other hand, Shiv Sena approached the Supreme Court against Koshyari's decision rejecting its request to give it some more time to prove its ability to form the government and passing on the invitation to Sharad Pawar’s Nationalist Congress Party.
"The Sena has filed a petition in the Supreme Court against Maharashtra governor's refusal to extend time. We had asked the governor to give us three days to submit the requisite letters of support. We could have proved our numbers in a floor test later," Sena leader Anil Parab told a news channel.
He said senior lawyer Kapil Sibal will represent the Sena in the supreme court.
Reacting to the development, the Congress hit out at Koshyari alleging that he has committed a "grave travesty" and made a mockery of the Constitutional process.
Congress' chief spokesperson Randeep Surjewala also questioned the Maharashtra governor for the "arbitrary" allotment of time to the NCP, Shiv Sena and the BJP to prove support for government formation.
"This is unashamedly dishonest & politically motivated," Surjewala said.
"Governor Koshiyari has committed a grave travesty of democracy and made a mockery of the Constitutional process in recommending President's Rule in Maharashtra," he said in a series of tweets.
This comes a day after Koshyari asked NCP, the third largest party in the state to express "willingness and ability to form government", shortly after the Shiv Sena failed to submit the "requisite letter of support". The NCP has been given time till 8:30 pm today but party leaders have reportedly told the Governor that the time was too less to stake claim.
Sena on Monday claimed that the NCP and Congress have agreed "in-principle" to back its government without the BJP in Maharashtra but failed to get letters of support from the political rivals before the deadline set by the Governor who rejected its plea for three more days to do so.
As the impasse in government formation entered the 19th day and the prospect of President's rule loomed, the Congress appeared not wanting to take a hasty decision to align with its ideological rival, and decided to hold further talks with its pre-poll ally Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) on the issue of supporting the Sena.
As hectic deliberations continued, Congress leaders Ahmed Patel, Mallikarjun Kharge and KC Venugopal would be leaving for Mumbai later in the day for holding discussions with NCP chief Sharad Pawar.
The BJP, which emerged as the single largest party in the state with 105 seats, did not stake a claim after ally Sena denied support following a high-voltage tussle over the latter's demand of equal sharing of chief minister's post and other ministerial portfolios.
On Monday, Sena MP Arvind Sawant resigned as Union minister in the Narendra Modi government. Sena pulled out its only legislator in the Centre, thereby virtually ending the 30-year-old alliance with the BJP.
The move also fulfilled a pre-condition set by the NCP to forge an alliance with Sena to form government in the state. The NCP had expressed its readiness to join hands with Sena but only when the latter ends its alliance with the BJP.
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