New Delhi | Jagran News Desk: The Congress on Tuesday hits out on Maharashtra Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari for recommending President’s rule in the state and said that he had made a mockery of the Constitution by recommending President’s rule in the state to the President.

“Governor Koshyari has committed a grave travesty of the democracy and made a mockery of the Constitutional process in recommending President’s Rule in Maharashtra,” Party spokesperson Randeep Singh Surjewala tweeted soon after the Union Cabinet, following the Governor’s report, recommended President’s rule in the state.

Randeep Surjewala further notified four grave violations of the Constitution and tweeted, “Four grave violations of the Constitutional Scheme, as expressed in SR Bommai judgment, stand out. In absence of any single party having majority in Maharashtra, Gov should have called; 1. Single largest pre poll alliance i.e BJP-Shiv Sena together; Then 2. Second largest post poll alliance i.e Congress-NCP; 3. In case Gov called individual parties, why did he not call INC? And above all; 4. Why the completely arbitrary allotment of time? 48 hours to BJP, 24 hrs to Sena & not even 24 hours to NCP, before the Presidents Rule,” Surjewala added

“This is unashamedly dishonest & politically motivated,” he said in a series of tweets.

Senior Congress leader Digvijay Singh also slams the central government over the imposition of President’s rule in the state and said, “this decision (President's Rule in Maharashtra) has been taken under pressure from Prime Minister and Home Minister, we object to this”.

The Shiv Sena also slams the governor’s move to recommend the President’s rule in the state and alleged that the recommendations were passed on behest of the BJP. The Sena also moved to Supreme Court and filed a petition against the Governor’s denial to extend the time given to show their ability to form the government in the state.

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The decision was "unconstitutional, unreasonable and malafide," the party said in its petition to the top court.

The reaction came after the Shiv Sena approached the Supreme Court against the Governor’s denial to extend the time given to the party to prove its ability to form the government in the state and further inviting Sharad Pawar’s Nationalist Congress Party (NCP). Shiv Sena also alleged that the imposition “violated principles of natural justice”.

The Union Cabinet meeting was done even as the NCP leaders were discussing the details of government formation with its Chief Sharad Pawar and three senior Congress leaders – Mallikarjun Kharge, Ahmed Patel and KC Venugopal.

The Governor, Bhagat Singh Koshyari, invited BJP on Saturday as the BJP is the single largest party with 105 seats, but after the saffron party said that they cannot form the government, the Governor invited Shiv Sena on Sunday to form the government. Sena, however, could not present required letters of support while staking their claim and sought more time which was disallowed.

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After Shiv Sena, Koshyari invited the NCP ON Monday evening to form the government with a deadline of 8 pm Tuesday, but before the deadline gets over, the union cabinet, as well as the Governor, recommended President’s rule in the state.

Posted By: Talib Khan