The Union cabinet that met Saturday under the leadership of home minister Rajnath Singh recommended President’s rule for poll-bound Maharashtra.
The rare emergency meeting of the Union cabinet in the absence of the Prime Minister — the last one was held in 2009 — was convened after Maharashtra chief minister Prithviraj Chavan submitted his resignation Friday.
His resignation came after the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) decided to break their alliance with the Congress.
President’s rule, likely to be imposed by Sunday, will be a technical affair as the Maharashtra assembly is headed for polls on October 15 anyway.
During the meeting, Singh briefed his cabinet colleagues on the governor’s report and the current situation in Maharashtra. Top sources added that Singh also briefed the PM in New York about the developments in the state and the cabinet meeting was convened as per the PM’s directions.
A section of the state Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) had already demanded the imposition of President’s Rule in the run-up to the polls, after the CM resigned.
In 2009, when Prime Minister Manmohan Singh was recuperating from a heart surgery, external affairs minister Pranab Mukherjee — who was also holding additional charge of finance — held a few cabinet meetings to take pressing decisions.
On Thursday, minutes after the Shiv Sena walked away from a pre-poll alliance with the BJP, the NCP snapped its 15-year old ties with the Congress, leaving the ruling partner in a lurch.
Governor Ch Vidyasagar Rao Saturday sent a report to the Centre recommending the imposition of President’s Rule in the state.