Maharashtra placed under President's rule after parties fail to claim power

Aaditya Thackeray, Eknath Shinde and other Shiv Sena leaders meet Maharashtra Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari at Raj Bhavan in Mumbai. Photograph:( ANI )

WION Web Team New Delhi, India Nov 12, 2019, 05.36 PM (IST) Edited By: Sparshita Saxena

Maharashtra has been placed under the President's Rule after political parties like the BJP, the Shiv Sena and the NCP failed to claim power in the state. President Ram Nath Kovind has given his approval for the same, news agency ANI reported.

Spokesperson, Ministry of Home Affairs stated that the Maharashtra Governor was of the view that the imposition of President's Rule was better in a situation where none of the political parties are been able to form the government. 

"Maharashtra Governor was of the view that it has been 15 days since the conclusion of electoral process and none of the political parties are in the position to form a government in the state; President's Rule is a better option," the spokesperson said as reported by news agency ANI. 

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The move comes after Maharashtra Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari recommended President’s Rule in the state and sent a report to the Centre earlier in the day. 

Maharashtra Governor Koshyari had given time to the NCP till 8.30pm today to prove that it has the numbers after the Shiv Sena on Monday failed to get letters of support before the deadline set by the Governor who rejected its plea for three more days to do so.

Meanwhile, Uddhav Thackeray-led Shiv Sena has filed a petition in Supreme Court challenging Maharashtra Governor's decision to not extend the time given to the party to prove their ability to form the government. Advocate Sunil Fernandez has filed the plea for Shiv Sena.

After BJP, which gained 105 seats in the Assembly polls, failed to form the government, Shiv Sena was asked to form the government. Shiv Sena asked the governor two-days to for submitting 'requisite' letters of support from other political parties. However, the governor refused. Following which, the governor asked NCP to form the government.

The NCP has 54 MLAs while its alliance partner Congress has 44. If Shiv Sena, which had 56 legislators, gets the support of NCP and Congress, it will easily cross the majority mark of 145 in the 288-member Maharashtra Assembly. 

NCP leaders, today evening, met with senior Congress leaders in Mumbai. A decision on government formation is likely after the meeting concludes, Nationalist Congress Party leader Nawab Malik said.