Maharashtra headed for President’s rule, Shiv Sena cries foul, moves SC

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A fortnight of tug of war between major political parties in Maharashtra has been futile and  President’s rule is imposed in Maharashtra.

President Ram Nath Kovind on Tuesday, 12 November gave nod to impose President’s rule in Maharashtra after Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari’s recommendation.

During the drama that went on for 19 days, Shiv Sena, Nationalist Congress Party and failed to reach a consensus on conditions to form a government. BJP was unable to form a government even after emerging as the single largest party in the state but short of the majority mark.

With the President’s rule imposed, now any party can approach the governor with a letter of support of 145 MLAs to form the government.

Nullifying the 8.30 pm deadline given to the NCP on Monday to stake claim to the government, Koshyari recommended President’s rule in the state where no political party has been able to form a government after the assembly polls last month.

The Union Cabinet in a meet chaired by PM Modi too recommended President’s rule in the state.

Timeline since Maharashtra assembly election results 

Since the declaration of assembly elections results in Maharashtra,  Shiv Sena has been trying its best to negotiate with BJP for the CM’s post. The impasse that last almost two weeks has further strained the relation between long-time allies. BJP declined to sharing of  CM post with Shiv Sena for 2.5 years.

On 8 November 2019, Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari invited BJP to form the government as the single largest party and prove the majority within 72 hours. However, BJP declined to form the government on 10 November 2019 as BJP didn’t have the numbers

Then the Governor invited the second-largest party, Shiv Sena, to form government within 24 hours. NCP agreed but Congress expressed hesitations over support to Shiv Sena.

On 11 November 2019, NCP, Congress starts high-level meeting to give support Shiv Sena or not. However, NCP decided to form the government with Shiv Sena. Governor also told that he would not give any more time period to the parties. On 11 November 2019, Governor invited NCP to form government within 24 hours.

Uddhav Thackeray, Sharad Pawar, Sonia Gandhi, and other leaders of the three parties were in talks to reach a solution for the impasse. However, after Shiv Sena failed to provide a letter for support, NCP got an invitation from the governor. After much deliberation and talks, the three parties could not come on the same page and the state had to see the president’s rule.

The BJP, which is ruling in the interim, has 105 MLAs and opted out of forming a government when its ally, the Sena, insisted on the Chief Minister’s post.

Shiv Sena raised questions about why it was only given 24 hours to prove the majority while the governer gave 72 hours to BJP for the same exercise. Shiv Sena filed a petition in the Supreme Court challenging the governor’s decision to not extend the time given to the party to prove the majority.

 

 

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