The political battle in Maharashtra is set to move to the Supreme Court as Shiv Sena is likely to challenge the imposition of President’s Rule in the state.
The Maharashtra Governor has shut the doors of the state assembly by putting it in a state of suspended animation as the Shiv Sena and the NCP failed to utilize the 24-hour each window provided to each to submit a list of majority MLAs to form a government.
Events unfolded rapidly on Tuesday as Shiv Sena initially filed a plea before the top court challenging Maharashtra Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari’s decision to deny their demand for 72 hours to submit letters of support and form the government.
The Governor recommended President’s Rule as no party submitted a conclusive letter of support, basing his decision on two failed attempts for government formation under the circumstances prevailing at the time when he sent a report to the center in the afternoon.
However, the Governor’s recommendation of President’s Rule in the state has been approved by PM Narendra Modi by calling an unscheduled Cabinet meeting and by evening President Ram Nath Kovind out his stamp to put Maharashtra under President’s Rule.
The lawyers for the Shiv Sena reached the SC by 3 pm on Tuesday with a plea to quash the decision of the Governor by which he had denied the request of Shiv Sena to grant three days’ time to get the letters of support.