Amid the ongoing political deadlock in Maharashtra, President Ram Nath Kovind on Tuesday signed a proclamation for imposing President’s rule in the state and the state assembly would remain in suspended state after that.
Earlier, the Union Cabinet had recommended the imposition of President’s rule in Maharashtra. After the assembly elections held last month in the state, no party could form the government.
Officials said, “President Ramnath Kovind signed the proclamation to impose President’s rule in Maharashtra.” Maharashtra Legislative Assembly will remain in suspended state. “
Sources said the political situation in Maharashtra was discussed in the meeting of the Union Cabinet convened under the chairmanship of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and it was decided to request the President to impose central rule in the state.
After the cabinet meeting, the Prime Minister left for Brazil to attend the BRICS summit.
Amidst this development, top leaders of NCP, Congress and Shiv Sena are continuing discussions to remove deadlock over government formation and to raise numbers.
The Shiv Sena on Monday claimed that the NCP and Congress have pledged support to it in principle to form a government without BJP in Maharashtra but it failed in presenting a letter of support before the deadline set by the Governor.
The Congress on Tuesday criticized Maharashtra Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari for recommending imposition of President’s rule in the state, alleging that he had “defied justice” and mocked the constitutional process.
Congress chief spokesperson Randeep Surjewala also accused the Maharashtra governor of “arbitrarily” giving time to the NCP, Shiv Sena and BJP to prove a majority to form the government.
At the same time, Shiv Sena reached the Supreme Court on Tuesday against the decision of Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari to not give extra time to hand over the necessary letters of support for the formation of government in Maharashtra.