President Ram Nath Kovind has signed the proclamation presented by Governor of Maharashtra Bhagat Singh Koshyari on Tuesday evening.
Soon after the Governor’s report was sent to Union Cabinet, led by Prime Minister Modi, met and they approved a recommendation to the President to issue a proclamation under Article 356(1) of the Constitution at rashtrapatibhavan and President’s rule has been imposed, formation of a stable government was impossible in the current situation said Koshyari.
In the 59 year old history of Maharashtra Article 356 has been invoked due to inability of political parties to form a government after an assembly election results, this is third time that Maharashtra has come under the central rule.
Meanwhile the BJP had said on Sunday that it cannot form the government as it does not have the mandate
BJP has 105 seats and could not secure the majority of 145 seats by itself.
The Congress and NCP said they had not taken any decision about supporting the Shiv Sena to from government, Congress leader Ahmed Patel said, we allies will discuss amongst ourselves, then we will discuss with Shiv Sena,
he also condemned the imposition of President’s Rule in Maharashtra, saying his party was not given the chance to form the government, addressing the media jointly with NCP chief Sharad Pawar.
Sharad Pawar said “Unless we discuss how the government can run smoothly with allies, it won’t be easy to form an alliance quickly if the Shiv Sena was to be supported.
Sena has moved the Supreme Court challenging the Governor’s recommendation to impose President’s Rule,
Shiv Sena has filed a petition against the decision of Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari rejecting the claim of the party to form a government in Maharashtra, Uddhav Thackeray met the Governor and expressed willingness to form the government, but he failed to submit the letters of support from NCP and Congress to show that it has the majority.
Digvijay Singh Congress leader on Tuesday siad that the BJP may indulge in horse trading to form government in Maharashtra after imposing the President Rule there.
This cannot be termed as right in democracy, The governor had adopted the right procedure in the beginning and invited BJP and Shiv Sena, which are the two largest parties, and had then invited the NCP for government formation,But all of a sudden, President Rule was made, This decision shows that it has been taken under the pressure of Prime Minister Modi and Home Minister Amit Shah.