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Maharashtra Put Under President Rule

Maharashtra Put Under President Rule

After almost three weeks of political drama, Maharashtra was put under the rule of the president on Tuesday and his assembly was placed under suspended animation, with the center claiming that it was "left without alternative."

On a day of rapid changes, Maharashtra Governor B.S. Koshyari submitted his recommendation to the Union Home Ministry (MHA) asking for the rule of the President to be enforced at midday, stating that his attempts to set up a government in the state had failed.

Shortly after, Prime Minister Narendra Modi called a Cabinet meeting to express his proposal for the establishment of central government in the state to President Ram Nath Kovind. The meeting took place just before the Prime Minister left to attend the BRICS Summit on a trip to Brazil.

The President accepted the recommendation and signed the notification for the central rule in the state is imposed.

The MHA said on Tuesday that the President's rule was imposed with the Assembly in suspended animation in Maharashtra, after political parties failed to form government even 20 days after the results of the Assembly polls were declared last month.

In a statement, Home Ministry spokesperson Vasudha Gupta said, “Governor (B.S. Koshyari) made the recommendation to the President in the noon explaining that he made all attempts but not succeeded in efforts.”

She said the recommendation made by the Governor to the President was refered to Home Ministry “upon which Union Cabinet decided on Tuesday to recommend to President to issue a proclamation under Article 356 of the Constitution, imposing President’s Rule in the State of Maharashtra and keep the Assembly in suspended animation.”

The spokesperson said the Government sent its report to the President as it was “left with no alternative”.

In the 288-member Assembly, the BJP emerged as the single largest party, winning 105 seats in the elections whose results were declared on October 24.

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