President Ram Nath Kovind (Photo: ANI)
President Ram Nath Kovind (Photo: ANI)

As political stalemate continues, President's rule imposed in Maharashtra

  • 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 had said earlier on Tuesday

Based on Governor’s recommendation, 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.

In his report, the governor said a situation has arisen that a stable government is not possible even after 15 days of election results being declared, according to officials.

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 the state'

The Shiv Sena on Tuesday indicated it might move the Supreme Court against Maharashtra Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari's decision to decline extension of time sought by the Uddhav Thackeray-led party for submitting the "requisite letter of support" to prove its claim to form a government on Monday night.

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.

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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