Mumbai: President’s rule came into force on Tuesday in the midst of a tumult of 19 days to form a government in Maharashtra. After this, Shiv Sena approached the Supreme Court against the decision of Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari for giving Sena less time than BJP to prove the strength.
Shiv Sena lawyer Sunil Fernandes said that we have not sought a hearing on the petition filed. At the moment, no decision has been taken to challenge the President’s rule in the state.
NCP-Congress will talk to Shiv Sena if the situation becomes clear: Despite President’s rule in Maharashtra, the Shiv Sena, the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) and the Congress have not backed down from their claim to form the government.
On Tuesday, an important meeting was held in Mumbai between Congress leaders and NCP chief Sharad Pawar. On the formation of the government, both parties said that after the situation is clear on all points, we will talk about supporting Shiv Sena. Meanwhile, NCP chief Sharad Pawar has called a meeting of his 54 MLAs again in Mumbai on Wednesday.
Uddhav Thackeray said – We did not leave BJP
- Shiv Sena president Uddhav Thackeray surprised everyone on Tuesday evening by saying that his party had not left the BJP. However, he also said that talks are on with NCP-Congress. Uddhav held a press conference after NCP and the Congress.
- During this time he was asked whether the alternative with the BJP was completely over? Uddhav said- ‘Why are you in such a hurry? This is politics. The governor has given us 6 months. If the BJP-Shiv Sena relationship had ended, they would have ended it. Implement what was decided at that time, this is our demand.
- On the formation of the government, Uddhav said, “We want three parties (Shiv Sena, NCP, Congress) to come together, but we have not been given time. We told the Governor that discussion is needed to form a government. We only asked for 48 hours but the Governor recommended President’s rule and now we have got 6 months’ time.”
BJP again in race to form government
- Meanwhile, the BJP has again joined the race to form the government. BJP’s Rajya Sabha MP Narayan Rane has claimed that the government will be formed by mustering 145 seats for a majority. Rane said, ‘The party will try to form a government in the state. Devendra Fadnavis is making efforts in this direction. He is ready to do whatever he has to do to form a government.’
Shiv Sena officially approached us on 11 November: NCP
- In the NCP-Congress conference, Sharad Pawar had said- ‘First we will clarify the situation between the alliance parties at all points and after that talks will be held with Shiv Sena. The situation will be clarified on all points from them as well and only then a decision will be taken about forming the government. Shiv Sena first approached Congress and NCP for the first time on November 11. Before making an important decision it was necessary that there should be clarification on all points. We criticize the way President’s rule was recommended. This is an arbitrary method and we condemn it. This is an attempt to make fun of democracy and the Constitution.’