In yet another twist to the ever-shifting Maharashtra govt formation, sources have reported that Shiv Sena on Tuesday, is likely to approach the Supreme Court if President's rule is implemented in Maharashtra. Sources report that this move is being considered after the governor refused a time extension to the Shiv Sena to stake claim with NCP-Congress support. The same was suggested by Senior Congress leader and SC advocate Abhishek Manu Singhvi.
As per #Aditya T, governor refuses even two days time. If true, this is wrong cos #PresRule by definition shd be last resort &all possible options to form govt must 1st be exhausted. 48 hrs not excessive. Refusal of #govnor unreasonable if true & suggests desperation 4Pres rule!— Abhishek Singhvi (@DrAMSinghvi) November 11, 2019
Meanwhile, Rajasthan Congress MLA Mahesh Joshi has claimed that the BJP wishes a president's rule in Maharashra, speaking to reporters in Jaipur. He added that MLAs are waiting for Congress High command to take a decision. He alleged that the BJP will still rule during President's rule, as the President is theirs.
"High Command will decide based on MLAs decision. The decision has to be taken by Governor. BJP is playing a game. They want either their own govt or no govt. Even the President is theirs, so rule will be theirs. Whatever will be the decision, it will be taken together only. We are waiting," he said.
While NCP and Shiv Sena have held a meeting with all their MLAs separately, Ajit Pawar has blamed Congress from Monday's delay in support to Sena. NCP is currently awaiting the arrival of senior Congress leaders in Mumbai to discuss further action. This development comes after the governor on Monday, invited NCP to show a willingness to form the government by 8:30 PM on Tuesday. Shiv Sena had failed to cobble up a coalition with the NCP-Congress' support and was denied an extension from the Governor.
As Maharashtra entered its 18th day of having no government on Monday, hectic parleys were held between Congress interim-chief Sonia Gandhi, NCP Supremo Sharad Pawar and Shiv Sena Supremo Uddhav Thackeray. Senior Congress leaders were flown from Jaipur to Delhi to take a final call on Congress-NCP extending support to Shiv Sena. While Uddhav Thackeray met Pawar and called up Sonia Gandhi multiple times, Congress did not reach a decision by 7:30 PM which was the deadline for Shiv Sena to stake claim. Meanwhile, BJP held a core committee meeting at Fadnavis' residence to prevent defections and to decide the future course. Sena's sole Union Minister Arvind Sawant too resigned from the Modi cabinet in protest. Blaming the Sena for fracturing the Mahayuti alliance, BJP announced that it would not form the next government in the state on Sunday, after meeting the governor.
The saffron alliance swept Maharashtra on October 24, winning a combined tally of 161 (BJP- 105, Sena -56), but is yet to put its majority to use. Meanwhile, the 'Maha- Agadhi' alliance (NCP-54, Congress-44) bagged 98 seats in total. The halfway mark is 145.