Published On: Tue, Nov 12th, 2019

Ram Nath Kovind imposes President’s rule in Maharashtra

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Finally the unexpected happened in Maharashtra. President Ram Nath Kovind approved President’s rule following a recommendation for the same from state governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari citing unsuccessful efforts at government formation.

The report of Koshyari cited his unsuccessful attempts to explore government formation possibility by talking to all the potential political parties.

He mentioned even after fifteen days of the state assembly election results no political party of no alliance could claim formation of the government. He invited the BJP first and thereafter the Shiv Sena. Later NCP too was invited to prove forming the government.

BJP on its part declined the offer while both the Shiv Sena and NCP requested for extension of time to stitch together a coalition.

Koshyari refused the extension requested by Shiv Sena on Monday and the NCP was given deadline until 8:30 pm on Tuesday to form the government.

The governor said extension of time was not possible as fifteen days have been lapsed since the results were announced.

Ram Nath Kovind imposes President's rule in Maharashtra

The report was referred to the home ministry and it was followed by immediate Cabinet meeting, which recommended the President to issue a Proclamation under Article 356(1).

The meeting was held just couple of hours before Prime Minister Narendra Modi was to leave for Brazil for the BRICS summit.

The President was away in Punjab then but signed it soon upon his return.

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