President Ram Nath Kovind signed the proclamation approving the Union Cabinet’s recommendation to impose President’s rule and keep the legislative assembly under suspended animation on the evening of November 12.
In last month’s elections, the Sena was in direct competition with the Congress and NCP in almost 100 seats, which could prove to be a significant roadblock in their efforts to negotiate a deal with both parties.
The Shiv Sena was unable to procure letters of support from the NCP and the Congress by the deadline of 7.30 pm on Monday and the governor refused to grant it another 48 hours to prove its majority that it demanded to form a non-BJP government after severing ties with its pre-poll ally.
The development came after BJP held two rounds of marathon meetings of its state leadership to hammer out a solution. The first meeting of the state BJP core committee was held at 11 am and went on till almost 3 pm on Sunday. The meeting was adjourned and the final decision was left to BJP chief Amit Shah.
According to sources, NCP and Sena are likely to have an arrangement where each of the two parties could either share the chief minister’s post for 2.5 years. Alternatively, a Sena member may become the CM but NCP will have the deputy chief minster’s post and a lion’s share of portfolios such as home and agriculture.
Uddhav said the BJP was indulging in sweet talk all along but trying to finish off the Sena.
After a 15-day acrimonious verbal spat with ally Shiv Sena, Devendra Fadnavis submitted his resignation to governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari. Fadnavis is to continue till an alternate arrangement is made. Addressing a news conference, Fadnavis said that it was hurtful and shocking that the Sena had not cooperated.
“The alliance of BJP and Sena has been in power for the last five years and has returned to power. It has been given a clear mandate. There has been a long delay in forming the government. We had a detailed discussion with the governor on the political situation and raised legal issues with him.
Raut said. “We don’t understand why BJP is not forming govt or staking claim. If it is not doing so, then it does not have majority support. If they don’t want to form a govt, then they should say so. We can form a govt with a Sena CM. If the BJP has the numbers, then it should give the list of 145 MLAs to the governor and form the govt.
Senior BJP leader Sudhir Mungantiwar and state BJP chief Chandrakant Patil to meet the governor today to stake claim on behalf of Fadnavis and a new government would take oath by Friday.
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