Prez rule in M'rashtra

President’s rule was imposed on Sunday in poll-bound Maharashtra, three days after the NCP snapped its 15-year-old ties with the Congress reducing the Prithviraj Chavan government to a minority.

President Pranab Mukherjee signed the proclamation for imposition of Central rule in Maharashtra, a day after the Cabinet recommended such a step, a Home Ministry spokesperson said. The Cabinet meeting on Saturday was chaired by Home Minister Rajnath Singh in the absence of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who is away in the US.

After the withdrawal of the NCP with its 62 legislators, the Congress-led Democratic Front government was reduced to a minority in the 288-member house, as it had only 82 MLAs.

Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan resigned on Friday. His resignation was accepted by Governor Ch Vidyasagar Rao on Saturday. In his report to the Centre, the governor had recommended imposition of President's rule in the state.

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