Speaking to the media on Tuesday, Congress leader Kapil Sibal accused the Maharashtra Governor of acting at the behest of the Centre to impose President’s Rule in the state. He claimed that this was done to allow horse-trading to take place. Alleging that BJP could use money power to lure legislators of other parties, Sibal cited the example of Karnataka. Moreover, he contended that this was “misuse” of authority and “highly immoral”. Earlier, President’s Rule was officially imposed in the state of Maharashtra after Governor Koshyari’s asserted that all his attempts to explore possibilities of government formation failed.
Sibal said, “They are acting in unison to ensure that there is President’s Rule so that horse-trading can take place thereafter. Allow President’s Rule. Allow sufficient time to yourself and then use money power to get other legislators on board by the way they did in Karnataka when they flew these people to Mumbai. We know the story of Karnataka. That’s what they want to repeat. So, this is misuse of authority. And it is highly immoral.”
The Congress leader also claimed that the Governor of any state in India worked on the instructions of the Centre and BJP. Maintaining that he was not making a political statement, he questioned the double standards of Governors in granting ample time to BJP for the formation of the government. Sibal noted that this would not go down well with the people.
Sibal opined, “Look, as far as the Governor is concerned, if you at any state today, the Governor works according to the instruction of the Centre. Whatever the Centre wants, the government wants, the BJP wants will be done. Things should not have reached such a point. Because, after 24th, when it was clear that BJP is not going with Shiv Sena, what was the point of waiting for the 9th. This implies that you desire that no other party gets time. In Karnataka, when BJP wants to form the government, you can get two-three weeks. And here, you cannot get 24 hours. It is a matter of sadness. I am not making a political point. A person is sitting in a particular office and that too, a constitutional post. And if you work according to the instruction of the Centre, what will the people think? And what about the law? I do not want to say anything more than this.”