New Delhi: President’s rule has been imposed in Maharashtra. Claifying that no political party in Maharashtra had the ability to form a government, Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari recommended President’s rule in Maharashtra. Following recommendation from the union cabinet, President Ramnath Kovind signed the order.
State Legislative Assembly elections were held on October 21, in Maharashtra and the results were declared on October 24. In these elections, no single party achieved an absolute majority. Following this, political negotiations among many parties continued for long. The term of the Maharashtra legislature was to end on November 9. Just a day earlier, the State Chief Minister, Devendra Fadanvis tendered his resignation to the Governor.
Even after the dissolution of the legislature, the negotiations to form a government were not yielding success. Against this background, the Governor invited Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP), the single largest party to form the government. Within 24 hours the BJP announced that they did not have the requisite number of MLAs to form the government. Thereby, the Governor invited the Second largest party, the Shiv Sena to form a government.
The Governor allotted the Shiv Sena a time duration of 24 hours to collect the number of MLAs to form a government. The Shiv Sena asked for more time from the Governor claiming that the time provided was insufficient. However, the Governor invited the third largest party, the Nationalist Congress Party to form the government. Thereafter, concluding that none of the political parties are in the position to form the government, Governor Koshyari recommended President’s rule in the state.
While reactions on the decision of the Governor were being received, the Union ministry too, recommended President’s rule in Maharashtra. President Ramnath Kovind signed the order and President’s rule was imposed in Maharashtra. The President’s rule could be withdrawn if any party or alliance is able to prove that they have the required number of MLAs to form the government. Political discussions and negotiations are rife on this subject. However, the uncertainty regarding this is still prevalent.
In the past, President’s rule has been imposed in Maharashtra in 1980 and 2004.