Governor's rule in Maharastra benefits BJP

Filed on November 13, 2019 | Last updated on November 13, 2019 at 07.58 pm

So the Indian state of Maharashtra is in a pickle. Despite winning the largest number of seats in the recent assembly elections, the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) party could not muster a coalition with its partner, the Shiv Sena, to form a government. The Shiv Sena then tried to cobble a coalition with the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) and even the Congress. However, all attempts failed and on November 12, and President's Rule was imposed on the state. At stake was the desire of all the parties to gain the coveted seat of the chief minister, but none had enough seats to command the prized job. Now, the central BJP government will rule the state through the governor. So Prime Minister Narendra Modi is back in the saddle, and will call the shots, via the governor.

-Rajendra Aneja, India

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