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Maharashtra Under President Rule, Shiv Sena moves Supreme Court

Mumbai: The Shiv Sena approached the Supreme Court on Tuesday over Maharashtra Governor Bhagat Singh Koshiyari rejecting its request to give it more time to prove its ability to form government and passing the invitation to Sharad Pawar’s Nationalist Congress Party.

This move came after Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s cabinet had recommended President’s Rule for Maharashtra.

“If the Maharashtra Governor imposes President Rule in the state, Shiv Sena can approach the Supreme Court. Uddhav Thackeray has spoken to Kapil Sibal and Ahmed Patel over the issue,” sources said quoted by news agency ANI.

The Sena, which pulled out its only leader Arvind Sawant from the Union Cabinet on Monday, had hoped to forme the government with support from the Nationalist Congress Party and the Congress. Sena’s young leader Aaditya Thackeray went to the governor with a request to give an extension over its 24-hour deadline but the request was denied.

Maharashtra was placed under President’s Rule on Tuesday, after Maharashtra Governor Bhagat Singh Koshiyari recommended President’s Rule in the state as Opposition parties launched a fresh scramble to get the necessary numbers to form the government.

The last three weeks have seen unprecedented haggling between allies BJP and Shiv Sena over the chief minister’s chair, followed by political expediency in which ideologically-mismatched political parties — the Shiv Sena, NCP and Congress — explored all permutations and combinations to form a government.

Mean while Congress leaders Mallikarjun Kharge, Ahmed Patel and KC Venugopal arrive at Mumbai’s YB Chavan centre for a meeting with NCP chief Sharad Pawar.

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