PRESIDENT’S Rule promulgated in Maharashtra as no Party can form govt: Shiv Sena, NCP & Congress Cry Foul

MAHARASHTRA has been brought under President’s Rule after Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari recommended the move saying 20 days after declaration of assembly election results no party is in a position to provide a stable government. In the 288-member legislative assembly, no party has got the magic number to form a government.BJP and Shiv Sena alliance has received mandate. Shiv Sena demanded that Chief Ministership should be   on the basis of 50-50 formula BJP rejected the demand that Devendra Fadnavis would continue as CM for another five years. Sena broke the alliance and tried to form government with NCP and Congress. But could not obtain their support. The assembly has been kept under suspended animation. President Ram Nath Kovind signed proclamation imposing President’s rule in Maharashtra. The Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari on Tuesday recommended imposition of President’s Rule in the state in view of stalemate over government formation. The Shiv Sena will file a second petition in the Supreme Court if the President’s rule is imposed in Maharashtra, a party lawyer said on Tuesday.”We will file a second petition today itself if the President’s rule is imposed in the state,” Advocate Sunil Fernandes, who filed the first petition on behalf of Shiv Sena, told PTI. The Union Cabinet on Tuesday recommended the President rule on the report of the Governor invoking Article 356 of the constitution in the state. Article 356, commonly known as President’s rule  deals with ‘failure of constitutional machinery in a state ‘The Sena, which is trying to form a coalition government with the support of the NCP and the Congress, had failed to secure the letters from both the parties. Meanwhile, the Supreme Court has asked the lawyers representing Sena to mention the writ that it has filed at 10.30am tomorrow morning before the court. They have informed us that it will not be possible to constitute a bench today. The fresh/second petition challenging the imposition of President’s Rule is being readied. The decision on when to file it will be taken tomorrow,” the Shiv Sena lawyer said. Sena leaders had claimed that the governor had granted 72-hours to the BJP (105), the single largest party, to stake claim to form a government. The BJP on Sunday declined to form a government for want of numbers.

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