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Maharashtra governor does his own numbers

A Correspondent in Mumbai | October 15, 2004 14:24 IST
Last Updated: October 15, 2004 14:26 IST

With most exit polls on Wednesday predicting a hung assembly in Maharashtra, Governor Mohammed Fazal shot off letters to the two major political groupings -- the ruling Congress-Nationalist Congress Party and the opposition Shiv Sena-Bharatiya Janata Party -- seeking details of their pre-poll alliances.

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Explaining the unusual step, the governor told Aaj Tak that the idea is make sure that the state gets a stable government.

The election results will be out on October 16.

A stunned political establishment till Thursday night was denying receiving any letter from the governor's office.

With almost all political parties busy wooing independents, the governor's letter is a bother they could have done well without.

This is the first time in the state's history that a governor has sought details of pre-poll alliances even before the results are out.

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Sub: Response to Governor\'s stand

It is a brave and very good move from Governor Mr. Fazal. Never expected as it was never in the history of Maharashtra. Equally astonishing ...

Posted by Sunil Deshpande

Sub: Well done Mr. Governor

15.10.2004 The act of Governor is quite right as there will be hose-trading after the results are out and bidding will start who will pay ...

Posted by P.R. Shenoy


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