'Script for President's rule in Maharashtra was pre-written': Shiv Sena slams BJP Featured

Post by  GNN National Desk 14 Nov 2019 1 comment 24
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After the President's rule has been imposed in Maharashtra, Shiv Sena, NCP and Congress are holding talks to decide on the common minimum programme for a possible alliance and form government in the state.

Meanwhile, BJP will also hold meetings on the current political scenario in the next three days. Acting CM Fadnavis, newly elected 105 MLA's and other key leaders will be part of the meeting to further decide on Maharashtra situation.

Earlier, breaking silence on Maharashtra impasse due to BJP-Shiv Sena power struggle, Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Wednesday said Devendra Fadnavis had been decided as the chief minister of the alliance before the election and "no one objected back then."

Shiv Sena in its mouthpiece 'Saamana' has hit out at the BJP and Maharashtra governor over the imposition of the President's rule in the state. Sena has alleged that the "the script" for imposing the President's rule in Maharashtra had already been written by the BJP to control power in the state.

The party further lashed out at BJP and chief Amit Shah for pressurising the governor and Devendra Fadnavis for shedding crocodile tears after President's rule was imposed in Maharashtra, as no party was able to form the government.

Following the election results on October 24, in which the BJP won 105 seats in the 288-member assembly and Shiv Sena's 56 candidates emerged victorious, the latter's demand of rotational chief ministership was denied by Shah-led party, creating a yet-to-end impasse in Maharashtra.

In his first remarks on the Maharashtra political crisis, Amit Shah said, "Before the election, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and I said many times in our public rallies that if our alliance wins, then Devendra Fadnavis will be the CM, no one objected back then. Now they have come up with new demands which are not acceptable to us."

Reacting to opposition's allegations that President's rule was imposed in haste, Shah said political parties were given 18 days after the results were announced to show that they had a majority.

"Before this, in no state so much time has been given. Eighteen days were given, the governor invited parties only after the assembly tenure came to an end. Neither the Shiv Sena, Congress-NCP or BJP staked claim," he said.

BJP-Sena fought the election as a pre-poll alliance but have been stuck over the 50-50 formula for government formation, with the latter demanding to rotate the chief ministers' post for 2.5 years each between the two parties.

Not having been able to reach any consensus, Sena is working on its plan B which is to form the government with NCP and Congress' support but no alliance has been yet formalised.

Earlier, Shiv Sena failed to get the support letter within the time limit given by Maharashtra Governor on Monday following which he (governor) invited NCP which also failed to stake claim that pushed the state under the President's rule.

Therefore, the current scenario is that Shiv Sena, NCP and Congress are talking to each other working on a common minimum programme for the alliance but nothing has been formalised yet. Meanwhile, BJP will hold meetings with newly-elected MLAs, acting CM Fadnavis and other key leaders to decide further roadmap on Maharashtra.

Any party having numbers can still stake claim: Amit Shah

President's Rule was imposed in the state after Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari's report to Centre that no stable government was possible in Maharashtra under the current political scenario.

Shah, however, said that any party which has the numbers can still approach the governor. "Even today if anyone has the numbers they can approach the governor.

The governor has not denied the chance to anyone. A learned lawyer like Kapil Sibal is putting forth childish arguments like 'we were denied a chance to form government'."

Shiv Sena and BJP contested the recently-held assembly elections together but failed to reach an agreement for government formation. The Shiv Sena's demand of 50-50 government formula, asking for the chief minister's post of two and half years was not accepted by the BJP.

After BJP failed to stake claim to form the government, the Shiv Sena has tried to enlist the support of NCP and Congress for an alliance government.

Since Shiv Sena has 56 seats in the Maharashtra Assembly, way below the half-way mark of 144, it will need both the NCP's 54 and Congress' 44 legislators to reach the magic number.

NCP and Congress are currently engaged in talks among themselves and will present a deal to the Shiv Sena, including a common minimum programme before joining hands with the party that has a diametrically opposite ideology.

Key meetings between Sena, NCP and Congress underway

After the core committee meeting of NCP on Wednesday, party leader Ajit Pawar said a joint committee of NCP and Congress was established by Sharad Pawar to take further decisions on formation of government in Maharashtra.

“Our leader Jayant Patil and Congress president Balasaheb Thorat will take the decision together,” said Ajit Pawar. “And later on the NCP and Congress party will talk to Shiv Sena,” he further added.

He also said, “Today in the meeting, all our MLAs said that government should be formed as early as possible. Even I think before the new year begins, Maharashtra should get a government.

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