Maharashtra comes under President’s Rule after Ram Nath Kovind approves Governor’s recommendation

Mumbai: Maharashtra on Tuesday came under President’s Rule after Ram Nath Kovind approves Governor BS Koshyari’s report recommending it. The imposition came as no party has staked claim to form the government even more than a fortnight after the results of the Assembly polls were announced on October 24.

Koshyari had earlier given the NCP time till 8.30 pm Tuesday to prove it has the numbers after the Sena on Monday failed to get letters of support from its political rivals before the deadline set by the Governor came to an end.

The Sena on Tuesday also approached the Supreme Court seeking an urgent hearing against the Governor’s decision to not extend the deadline given to the Uddhav Thackeray-led party to prove they have the numbers to form the government.

As the deliberations for government formation in Maharashtra reach a feverish pitch, the Congress has indicated it is keen on a chief minister from its ally NCP backed by the Shiv Sena.

The move comes a day after the Sena, in an embarrassing turn of events, failed to get letters of support from the Congress and the NCP before the deadline set by the Governor who rejected its plea for three more days to do so.