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In a not-so-unexpected development, Maharashtra was placed under central rule on Tuesday after governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari made a recommendation to the effect, citing the inability of political parties to form a government. Koshyari’s recommendation came after NCP, which had been asked to produce proof of having the requisite numbers by Tuesday evening, sought two more days in the morning.
While it was the third time President’s rule was imposed in the state, it was the first time it was done because of the inability of political parties to form a government after an election.
The newly elected legislative assembly will be kept in suspended animation for now. The assembly may be revived and President’s rule lifted as and when some party works out a combination that is able to offer a stable government.
A Cabinet meeting which PM Modi chaired before leaving for Brazil for the Brics summit on Tuesday afternoon considered the governor’s report. It said in view of the situation and ground realities, the governor was satisfied that no party was in a position to form a stable government.
It was the first time yesterday” Sena formally asked for support, Ahmed Patel said. “Now, we will discuss it among ourselves, then have discussions with Sena.”
Sharad Pawar added, “Unless we discuss how the government can run smoothly, it won’t be easy to form an alliance.”
After the conversation with Thackeray and a call to Pawar, Sonia had sent her emissaries, Ahmed Patel, Mallikarjun Kharge and K C Venugopal, to Mumbai to study the prospects for government formation.
And while Congress and NCP indicated they were in no hurry to form a government — “the governor has given us ample time,” said Pawar in a sarcastic reference to the fact that B S Koshyari had set a 24-hour deadline for Sena and NCP to muster up support — Thackeray endorsed the view that the three parties had “very different ideologies” and talks to evolve a “common minimum programme” with Congress and NCP would continue.
Asked how parties so ideologically different could come together, Uddhav said he had sought information on how BJP formed a government with people like Mehbooba Mufti, Nitish Kumar, Ram Vilas Paswan and Chandrababu Naidu.

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