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Bickering allies, delayed govt formation not new for Maha

November 01, 2019 20:08 IST

In 1999 and 2004, government formation was delayed for over two weeks when the then victorious allies -- the Congress and the Nationalist Congress Party -- could not agree on power-sharing arrangement quickly. 

IMAGE: Maharashtra chief minister Devendra Fadnavis and Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray. Photograph: PTI Photo

A new government has not been formed in Maharashtra even a week after election results were declared, but such delay is not unprecedented and would not warrant President's rule immediately, legislature sources say.

With the victorious allies Shiv Sena and Bharatiya Janata Party not being able to decide who would become chief minister, the state is currently in a political limbo after the results came in on October 24.

However, governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari can summon the first sitting of the assembly, sources said.

Maharashtra may head for President's rule if the new government was not formed by November 7, BJP leader Sudhir Mungantiwar had said earlier in the day.

The term of the 13th assembly ends on November 9.

 

Legislative sources who spoke on the condition of anonymity said for the governor to summon the new house, recommendation of the cabinet is needed, but it would suffice if the cabinet at present only consists of chief minister.

Notification of the newly-elected MLAs has been presented to the governor and the new assembly was constituted on October 25, the sources pointed out.

The governor can summon the new assembly for the members to take oath, they said.

In 1999 and 2004, government formation was delayed for over two weeks when the then victorious allies -- the Congress and the Nationalist Congress Party -- could not agree on power-sharing arrangement quickly.

In 1999, the Congress formed the new government with Sharad Pawar's newly-formed Nationalist Congress Party after much haggling over CM's post and portfolios.

Congress' Vilasrao Deshmukh became the chief minister.

The same drama played out in 2004 when the NCP got more seats and demanded chief minister's post.

The Congress retained the top post but gave away two additional portfolios to the NCP.

In 2009, there was again delay when the Congress demanded that the two extra portfolios it had given up in 2004 be returned.

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