Multiple media reports said that Maharashtra Governor Bhagat Singh Koshiyari has already sent a report regarding the imposition of the President's rule to the Centre.
President Ram Nath Kovind has approved President’s rule for Maharashtra. This comes hours after Maharashtra Governor briefed the Centre on the prevailing political situation and recommended the imposition of President’s rule. Earlier in the day, Maharashtra Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari submitted a report to Centre recommending President’s rule in Maharashtra.
“Governor of Maharashtra Bhagat Singh Koshyari having been satisfied that as Govt of Maharashtra cannot be carried on in accordance with the Constitution has today submitted a report as contemplated by the provisions of Article 356 of Constitution (President’s Rule),” news agency ANI citing Raj Bhavan said.
Following this, Prime Minister Narendra Modi called an emergency Union Cabinet meet to discuss the prevailing political situation in the state and endorsed the recommendation. On Monday evening, the Governor had asked the Nationalist Congress Party of Sharad Pawar to show intent to form the government. This came after the Shiv Sena’s request for additional time to muster the numbers was denied by Koshiyari. Pawar has time till 8.30 PM to show that he has the numbers.
Meanwhile, the Shiv Sena has approached the Supreme Court against the Governor for not giving it ‘enough’ time to get the required numbers to form the government. It is learnt that the party has already sought legal opinion on the matter from senior Congress leader Kapil Sibal.