Governor recommends President’s Rule in Maharashtra

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Mumbai, Nov 12 (IANS) Taking political parties by surprise, Maharashtra Governor B.S. Koshiyari on Tuesday submitted a report recommending President’s Rule in the state.

“The Governor of Maharashtra, Bhagat Singh Koshyari, having been satisfied that as the government of the state 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 the Constitution,” a terse Raj Bhavan announcement said this afternoon.

The development came barely an hour after Raj Bhavan sources had dismissed all speculation of President’s Rule in the state.

Nationalist Congress Party national spokesperson Nawab Malik mentioned at his media briefing that the Raj Bhavan had scotched all such rumours.

The Governor’s decision has come even as the NCP has been invited to form the government and submit its report to him by 8.30 p.m. Tuesday.

–IANS

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