Senior Congress leader Digvijaya Singh on Tuesday congratulated Maharashtra Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari for following the stipulated procedure for the process of government formation. He mentioned that the Governor had implemented the requisite rules and recommendations of the Sarkaria Commission. Singh cited his inviting the single-largest party (BJP) followed by Shiv Sena and then, the NCP. However, he highlighted the fact that the Governors of Goa, Manipur, and Meghalaya had not invited Congress despite it being the single-largest party in those states.
Singh stated, “First of all, I want to congratulate the Governor of Maharashtra who has totally implemented the rules, law and Sarkaria Commission recommendations. Whereas the Governors of Goa, Manipur, and Meghalaya had broken all limits by not inviting the single-largest party. That’s why firstly I want to congratulate honourable Governor Koshyari for calling the single-largest party first. Then, the second-largest party was invited. Then, the third-largest party. He has followed the entire procedure for which I congratulate him. Now it depends. I am not acquainted with the local situation. That’s why the decision has to be taken by the MLAs of Maharashtra, parties of Maharashtra.”
The Maharashtra assembly election was conducted on October 21. The results declared on October 24 threw up a surprise with the BJP-Shiv Sena alliance not faring as well as expected. The tally of the BJP came down to 105, from 122 seats which they had won in the 2014 election. Shiv Sena too won from only 56 constituencies. However, the BJP and Shiv Sena saw a dramatic falling out despite their alliance emerging the clear winner in the Maharashtra elections, over their inability to decide on who would be Chief Minister. Shiv Sena Rajya Sabha MP Sanjay Raut repeatedly asserted that the next CM would be from his party. The Governor on Tuesday sent a report to the President recommending the imposition of President’s Rule in Maharashtra. As per the sources, Governor Koshyari opined that none of the parties including BJP, NCP, Shiv Sena, and Congress could form a stable government in Maharashtra.