While the imposition of President’s rule has been derided by the Congress, NCP and the Shiva Sena, it also exposes the instability and the lack of will of all the three parties in arriving at a consensus.
Bengaluru: When the Governor of Maharashtra Bhagat Singh recommended President’s rule in the state as he felt there was no palpable chance of any parties forming a stable alliance, he was criticised soundly by the all.
The Shiva Sena in fact said it was a “scripted act”.
The party also alleged that Devendra Fadnavis, the former CM was shedding “crocodile tears” over the imposition and added that power was indirectly in BJP’s hands.
It’s been over a week since the rule was imposed, yet there is no clarity, no unanimity nor consensus among the three parties – Shiva Sena, Congress and NCP – over government formation.
On Monday (November 18) NCP leader Sharad Pawar met Congress president Sonia Gandhi. While it was hoped that they would discuss government formation, Sharad Pawar made it clear that they hadn’t.
This casual attitude in fact irked many members of the Shiva Sena and there are talks that they don’t want an alliance with the NCP or the Congress and want to stick with the BJP.
The big questions that come up are: When these parties cried foul that President’s rule was hurriedly being imposed, why haven’t they forged an alliance even to this day?
If the three prospective parties aren’t able to arrive at a consensus even after this long a time, will they be able to give a good, sustainable government when they come to power?
The BJP, though, was very clear in the way it reacted to the President’s rule.
"Imposition of President's Rule is an insult to the mandate of the people and this had happened because of the stubbornness of some people who disrespected that mandate. We are keeping a close watch on evolving political situation," senior BJP leader Sudhir Mungantiwar had told reporters.
The BJP had won 105 seats while the Congress had won 56 seats in the Assembly elections.
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Last Updated 20, Nov 2019, 11:24 AM