Maharashtra Politics Updates: Always Projected Fadnavis As Chief Minister, Says Amit Shah
President's Rule In Maharashtra
President’s rule was imposed in Maharashtra, only for the third time in the state's history, after President Ram Nath Kovind gave his assent.
Article 356 of the Constitution, commonly known as President’s rule, deals with “failure of constitutional machinery in the state”. It can be imposed for six months, and can be extended till up to three years, with Parliamentary approvals every six months.
Maharashtra Governor BS Kohsyari had given NCP, the third largest party in the state, time till 8:30 p.m. to stake claim for forming a government. However, the governor then recommended President’s rule “having been satisfied” that the government of Maharashtra cannot be carried on in accordance with the Constitution.
That, however, failed to deter the Congress and Nationalist Congress Party to hold talks about a possible alliance with Shiv Sena. Senior leaders of the two parties met today to discuss the alliance.
It was decided that the Congress and NCP will first reach consensus on issues among themselves before they enter into any conversation with the Shiv Sena.
“We will first discuss it among ourselves. Only then will we decide whether, principally, we will go with Shiv Sena or not,” senior Congress leader Ahmed Patel said in a joint press conference after a meeting between the leaders of the two parties.
Shiv Sena established serious conversation with the NCP and Congress for the first time only yesterday, Patel said. Hence, it is imperative to get clarity on all issues before taking such an important decision, he added.
Watch the Congress-NCP joint conference here.
NCP Chief Sharad Pawar, who was also present at the press conference, said that they will need to settle on a smooth running strategy and the agenda of any potential government before moving forward with talks.
Pawar added that there is no hurry to gather numbers anymore since President’s rule has already been imposed.
His views were mirrored by Sena Chief Uddhav Thackeray, who addressed the media soon after the Congress-NCP joint conference ended.
Thackeray saw the President's rule as a boon for government formation talks as it now grants them more time. “We had asked for 48 hours,” he said. “But the governor's decisions today means that we now have six months.”
Thackeray said that if BJP can ally with Jammu & Kashmir Peoples Democratic Party, that has an opposing ideology, then even the Shiv Sena can consider such options.
Watch what the Shiv Sena chief had to say here.
Always Projected Fadnavis As Chief Minister, Says Amit Shah
The Bharatiya Janata Party, along with Prime Minister Modi, always projected Devendra Fadnavis would be the chief minister if their alliance with Shiv Sena wins, said Home Minister Amit Shah in an interview to news agency ANI.
Before elections PM and I said many times in public that if our alliance wins then Devendra Fadnavis will be the CM, no one objected back then. Now they (Shiv Sena) have come up with new demands which are not acceptable to us.Home Minister Amit Shah
Other highlights from the interview:
- Maharashtra governor has not done anything that goes against constitutional norms in any way.
- NCP conveyed its inability to gather the numbers by 8:30 p.m. in a letter at 11:30 a.m. Having received that letter, the governor did not need to wait till 8:30 p.m.
- Governor did not act in a hurry; 18 days were given and no party came with majority support.
- If someone has majority support today, they can stake claim before the governor
Congress Leaders Meet Raut In Hospital
Maharashtra Congress leaders meet Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut at Lilavati Hospital, according to news agency ANI’s official Twitter handle. Raut was admitted at the hospital on Nov. 11 after he complained of chest pain.
Shiv Sena Not To Mention Governor's Refusal In Supreme Court Plea
Shiv Sena has decided not to mention the Governor’s refusal to grant extra time in its Supreme Court plea.
Advocate Sunil Fernandes, who had filed the petition on behalf of the Shiv Sena, told PTI that the Supreme Court had asked them to mention the writ petition at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday.
The lawyer said another petition challenging the imposition of President's rule in the state was being readied but were non-committal when the fresh petition will be filed.
Congress' Ahmed Patel Says Shiv Sena Reached Out For The First Time Yesterday
Ahmed Patel said that Shiv Sena established serious conversation with the NCP and Congress for the first time only yesterday.
First the NCP and Congress will deliberate on some issues before getting in talks with Shiv Sena, Patel added.
Praful Patel Says Future Course To Be Decided After Consensus
NCP leader Praful Patel has said that it is important to get clarity of all issues before taking any important decision on an alliance with the Shiv Sena.
“The future course of action will be decided once consensus reached on all issues,” he said.