Ay­o­d­hya halts NCP-Cong in their tracks

The Free Press Journal - - FRONT PAGE - PRAMOD CHUNCHUWAR /

Now that it is al­most clear that the BJP and the Shiv Sena can­not form the govern­ment, the Congress and the NCP have started fine­tun­ing their strate­gies.

Congress leader Prithvi­raj Cha­van was in­structed by the High Com­mand to meet Sharad Pawar. The non-BJP for­mu­la­tion was ex­pected to stake claim by mid­night but stopped in its tracks af­ter the an­nounce­ment that the Ay­o­d­hya ver­dict will be out on Satur­day.

While out­go­ing CM Deven­dra Fad­navis ten­dered his res­ig­na­tion on Fri­day, he re­frained from stak­ing claim as rep­re­sen­ta­tive of the sin­gle largest party.

Since the term of the As­sem­bly is ex­pir­ing, the Gov­er­nor is obliged to call the sin­gle­largest party or the sin­gle largest pre-poll al­liance to form the govern­ment in the next two days. Though there is no time limit fixed for a care­taker govern­ment, it can at best be at helm for 5 to 10 days, said con­sti­tu­tional ex­pert and for­mer Sec­re­tary Gen­eral of Lok Sabha Subhash Kashyap.

It should pave the way for the al­ter­na­tive ar­range­ment at the ear­li­est.

When at­ten­tion was drawn to the fact that the Gov­er­nor has not in­vited any­body for the last fort­night, Kashyap said that the Gov­er­nor ought to have done so by now.

If the sin­gle largest party or al­liance de­clines the in­vite or fails to prove its ma­jor­ity in the house, then the Gov­er­nor should call the sec­ond largest party, the con­sti­tu­tional ex­pert added. Af ter ex­haust­ing all op­tions, the Gov­er­nor can rec­om­mend Pres­i­dent’s rule in the State.

But the Gov­er­nor should keep in mind that Raj Bha­van is not the place where ma­jor­ity is to be show­cased. For that, the best place is the floor of the house.

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