In less than 24 hours after Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) pulled out of the Congress-NCP government, chief minister Prithviraj Chavan resigned on Friday. There is a possibility of President’s rule being imposed in the state.
Chavan sent his resignation to Governor Ch Vidyasagar Rao, four hours after he met the latter and discussed the situation post-NCP decision.
“The chief minister tendered his resignation to state governor Ch Vidyasagar Rao,” said a one-line press release issued by the Raj Bhavan.
The governor, however, did not take a decision on the further arrangement —whether Chavan would remain a caretaker chief minister till the next government is formed.
Sources said Rao had started consultations with legal experts on whether to ask Chavan to continue as caretaker chief minister or recommend President’s rule in the state as demanded by opposition party, the BJP.
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With just a day to go for filing nominations for the October 15 elections, the BJP declared a list of 172 candidates late Friday night.
The NCP too came out with the names of 131 poll hopefuls. The Shiv Sena did not declare its list but asked senior candidates to file nominations.
With 13 women in its first list, BJP gave tickets to all ‘imports’. Ram Kadam (ex-MNS, Ghatkoper east), Manda Mhatre (ex-NCP, Belapur), Vijaykumar gavit (ex-NCP, Nandurbar) were among the prominent names declared.
Meanwhile, the Union home ministry has sought a detailed report from Rao on the political situation in the state after chief minister resigned.
Sources in the home ministry didn’t discount the option of imposition of President’s rule in the state after getting a report from Governor by Saturday.
Following NCP’s decision to pull out, the BJP started putting pressure on Rao to impose President’s rule in the state since the Chavan government had become a minority government.
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