President's Rule in Maharashtra??

It was first done in 1980 when the Govt. was dismissed in spite of Sharad Pawar enjoying majority support in the Assembly. In 2014, Govt. was dismissed since Congress separated from its allies NCP and others. Lastly in 2019, no party could form a government after a fractured election verdict and Shiv Sena broke the pre-poll alliance it had with the BJP.

Given the current situation in Maharashtra, is it time for President’s Rule to be imposed again?

What is the President’s Rule?

Article 356 of the Constitution of India gives President of India the power to suspend the state government and impose President’s Rule of any state in the country if “if he is satisfied that a situation has arisen in which the government of the state cannot be carried on in accordance with the provisions of the Constitution”. The Central government takes direct control of the state and the governor becomes its constitutional head. Even the chief minister’s office will be vacant, compelling the election commission to conduct re-election within six months.

Shiv Sena Activism

  • Republic TV’s reporters were arrested for allegedly trespassing CM Uddhav Thackeray’s farmhouse in Raigad on Tuesday, 8th September, 2020
  • Kangana Ranaut raised her voice about the ongoing Sushant Singh Rajput drug/murder/suicide case and the Mumbai’s civic authorities demolished portions of her office in Khar, Mumbai on Wednesday, 9th September, 2020
  • A 62-year-old retired Navy officer was beaten up allegedly by Shiv Sena activists after he forwarded a cartoon on Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray on WhatsApp on Friday, 11th September, 2020

I don’t support or oppose any political party in the country but these events are acts of hooliganism and must be stopped for the safety and freedom of the citizens of the State.

What if President’s Rule is imposed?

While day to day operations of the state will not be affected, President’s rule would mean that for the next 6 months no major government decisions will be made. No projects will be sanctioned, and no major policy decisions including subsidies and others will be made – keeping the progress in a can until the next government is formed.


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