Maharashtra Governor recommends President’s rule ahead of NCP deadline

Sources told The Indian Express that President rule is likely to be explored as no party has the required numbers to form government in the state.

Maharashtra Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari recommended imposition of President’s rule in the state, according to statement released by his office on Tuesday.

This comes a day after Koshyari asked Sharad Pawar-led NCP whether it can form the government. The NCP was given time till 8.30 pm today. However, the NCP leaders apparently told the Governor that the time was too less to stake claim.

The Union Cabinet also met today afternoon to discuss the political situation in Maharashtra and recommended President’s rule, according to news agency PTI. The Union cabinet meeting took place hours before Prime Minister Narendra Modi left for Brazil to attend the 11th BRICS summit.

Meanwhile, the Shiv Sena moved the Supreme Court after the Governor rejected its request to extend the deadline by three three days to submit letter of support from the NCP and Congress. Koshiyari had last evening invited NCP to stake a claim after Shiv Sena failed to come up with numbers. The NCP is currently in talks with the Congress and they were supposed to meet the governor in the evening.

Earlier in the day, Congress president Sonia Gandhi spoke to NCP chief Sharad Pawar and authorised three senior party leaders to hold further talks on the issue of government formation in Maharashtra.

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.

BJP, which emerged as the single-largest party with 105 seats post the October 24-Assembly elections verdict, did not stake a claim after ally Sena denied support. Sena, with 56 seats in its kitty, was invited next by the Governor. With 54 MLAs, the NCP is the third-largest party while the Congress has 44 MLAs.

Source: The Indian Express

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