Rajasthan CM Ashok Gehlot demands resignation of Maharashtra governor on moral grounds

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Updated: November 24, 2019 5:18 PM

The Maharashtra Governor is facing flak from political leaders for silently lifting the President's rule in Maharashtra and inviting BJP's Devendra Fadnavis to form the next government. While Fadnavis was sworn in as the CM, Ajit Pawar took oath as deputy on Saturday morning.

Ashok Gehlot demands resignation of Maharashtra governor.

Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot on Sunday demanded the resignation of Maharashtra Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari on moral grounds. Speaking to reporters, Gehlot alleged that the Governor was a part of the entire ploy that unfolded last night in Mumbai.

“Maharashtra Governor should tender his resignation on moral grounds. His actions were hand in hand with BJP, which is unfortunate,” news agency ANI quoted him as saying.

“The entire country in utter shock after yesterday’s incident. Where they (BJP) want to take this country?” he asked.

The Maharashtra Governor is facing flak from political leaders for silently lifting the President’s rule in Maharashtra and inviting BJP’s Devendra Fadnavis to form the next government. While Fadnavis was sworn in as the CM, Ajit Pawar took oath as deputy on Saturday morning.

Earlier on Saturday, the Congress alleged that the Governor was once again proved to be BJP chief Amit Shah’s ‘hitman’. Party spokesperson Randeep Singh Surjewala tweeted: “It has been proven that the BJP has taken a contract to kill the country’s democracy. The Governor has once again proved to be Shah’s hitman.”

The political impasse in Maharashtra took a new turn on Saturday with the BJP’s Devendra Fadnavis returning as the CM. Nationalist Congress Party’s Ajit Pawar was sworn-in as the deputy CM at the Raj Bhawan in Mumbai.

The post-poll alliance of the three parties — Shiv Sena, NCP and Congress christened as ‘Maha Vikas Aghadi’ was busy devising modalities of government formation in Maharashtra till Friday night. Ajit Pawar with them till Friday 8 PM but on Saturday morning the leaders of the three parties were shocked to learn that Ajit Pawar has sided with the BJP. The three parties moved Supreme Court in the evening and the NCP called a meeting to remove Ajit as the party’s legislature wing leader. The three parties demanded from the Supreme Court to passed an order to conduct floor test immediately. However, the court refused to order an immediate floor test and sought the letters of Governor inviting the BJP to form the government in the state. The hearing will resume in the top court on Monday at 10:30 AM.

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