Bhagat Singh Koshyari Maharashtra Governor recommended imposition of President’s rule in the state, according to a statement released by his office on Tuesday.
This comes a day after Koshyari asked Sharad Pawar led NCP whether it can form the government. The NCP was given time till Tuesday Evening . However, the NCP leaders apparently told the Governor they would need more time to form government.
The Union Cabinet, which met today afternoon to discuss the political situation in Maharashtra, also recommended President’s rule. The Union cabinet meeting took place hours before Prime Minister Narendra Modi left for Brazil.
Shiv Sena moved the Supreme Court after the Governor rejected its request to extend the deadline by three three days to submit letters of support from the NCP and Congress. Koshiyari had last evening invited NCP to form government after Shiv Sena failed to come up with the numbers.
Congress president Sonia Gandhi spoke to NCP chief Sharad Pawar and authorized three senior party leaders to hold talks on the issue of government formation in Maharashtra.Congress leaders Ahmed Patel, Mallikarjun Kharge and KC Venugopal are expected to leave for Mumbai later in the day for holding discussions with Pawar.
The BJP, which emerged as the single-largest party with 105 seats post the October 24-Assembly elections verdict, did not stake a claim after pre-poll ally Sena refused to support it. Sena, with 56 seats in its kitty, was invited next by the Governor. With 54 MLAs, the NCP is the third-largest party while the Congress has 44 MLAs.