Mumbai: The Shiv Sena Thursday slammed the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) alleging that the imposition of President’s rule in the state was ‘scripted well in advance’.
Criticising the governor for giving the Sena just 24 hours to stake its claim to form the government and for refusing to give the party additional time to muster numbers, an editorial in the party mouthpiece Saamana said, “It seemed like some invisible power was controlling this game and decisions were being taken accordingly. When the governor denies 48 hours, then people would think something is wrong with the way he is acting."
In fact, the imposition of President's rule was a scripted act. It was already decided, the party alleged.
President's rule was imposed in the state on Tuesday after governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari sent a report to the Centre, stating that formation of a stable government was impossible in the current situation despite all his efforts. The Sena had demanded more time to prove its majority to form the government but the governor refused.
The Sena also accused former chief minister Devendra Fadnavis of shedding “crocodile tears” over the imposition of President's rule, saying that power was still indirectly in the hands of the BJP.
“The former CM has expressed concern on whether President's rule would impact investments. Mr Fadnavis is shedding crocodile tears. If someone is shedding crocodile tears over President’s rule in the state, it is a farce,” the editorial read.
With President's rule, the power is still indirectly in the BJP's hands, it said, adding that those who demitted office "looked happy" with this decision.