New Delhi: Although the Home Ministry issued a notification stating the imposition of President’s Rule in Maharashtra on Tuesday, hectic politicking continued amongst the various political parties to form a stable government to the satisfaction of Governor B S Koshyari.
It must be noted that Maharashtra is now under President’s Rule, a decision taken nearly after 20 days of the recent state assembly elections. The Centre placed Maharashtra Assembly under suspended animation saying it was left with no other alternative.
The President’s Rule was imposed in the state after political parties failed to form a government even after the results of the assembly polls were declared last month. Further, President Kovind has accepted the recommendation and signed the notification for the imposition of the central rule in Maharashtra.
Here are the top developments of the day (November 12):
Congress Leader Ahmed Patel Condemns President’s Rule:
Following the Congress-NCP meeting on Tuesday and hours after the President’s Rule was imposed in Maharashtra, Congress leader Ahmed Patel lashed out at the government saying it has violated the Supreme Court’s guidelines on President’s Rule on several occasions during the last five years alone.
“The way President’s rule was recommended, I condemn it. This government has violated the SC guidelines on President’s rule on several occasions in the last 5 years,” Patel was quoted as saying by a report. He also slammed the state governor for not inviting the Congress party to prove majority. Patel, as quoted by a report, said, “Bharatiya Janata Party, Shiv Sena, Nationalist Congress Party got invitation from the Governor to prove majority. But Congress did not get an invitation. We condemn it.”
BJP Leader Narayan Rane Slams NCP-Congress And Shiv Sena:
As Shiv Sena ended its ties with BJP and sought help from the Congress and NCP to form a new government in Maharashtra, the saffron party’s Maharashtra leader Narayan Rane, as quoted by news agency ANI, said, “I think NCP-Congress are trying to make a fool out of Shiv Sena.”
Narayan Rane further said that the BJP will eventually form the government in the state. He was quoted by news agency ANI as saying, “The BJP will try to form the government. Devendra Fadnavis is putting in all efforts in this direction.”
Shiv Sena Chief Uddhav Thackeray Slams State Governor:
Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray on Tuesday blamed Maharashtra Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari for not providing enough time for the party to decide on forming government in the state. Speaking to news agency ANI, Uddhav Thackeray said, “BJP was invited by the Governor but they refused to form govt in the state. The next day we were given the invitation (by Governor), we were given only 24 hours time but we required 48 hours. But he (Maharashtra) didn’t give us 48 hours time.”
Responding to a reporter on whether the BJP option is completely finished, Thackeray, as quoted by news agency ANI, said, “Why are you in such a hurry? It’s politics. President has given us six months time. I didn’t finish the BJP option, it was BJP itself which did that.” Meanwhile, the Shiv Sena also moved the Supreme Court as to why an extension of time was not granted to the party to prove its majority.
BJP General Secretary Hails Fadnavis as ‘Man of the Match’:
The General Secretary of BJP B L Santhosh on Tuesday hailed former Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis as the ‘Man of the Match’ in the political drama taking place in Maharashtra. Lashing out at the Shiv Sena, he claimed that the power-hungry people did not let BJP form the government, therefore they will soon become history.
Reacting to the political turmoil in the state, Santhosh tweeted, “The man of the match in the whole Maharashtra incident is Devendra Fadnavis… Calm, unrattled, devoid of undue lust for power, long term vision has made him a giant among the Lilliput… @BJP4Maharashtra.”