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Supreme Court refuses to entertain plea seeking President's rule in Maharashtra

While hearing the petition, a bench led by Chief Justice of India (CJI) SA Bobde remarked that the court can’t entertain such pleas and advised the petitioners to approach the President.

Supreme Court refuses to entertain plea seeking President's rule in Maharashtra
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Supreme Court on Friday rejected a plea seeking the imposition of President’s rule and the removal of Uddhav Thackeray-led Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) government in Maharashtra. The petition was filed by three residents of Delhi. 

While hearing the petition, a bench led by Chief Justice of India (CJI) SA Bobde remarked that the court can’t entertain such pleas and advised the petitioners to approach the President. 

“Do you know how big Maharashtra is? You are at liberty to ask the President. Don’t come here,” the CJI told the petitioners while rejecting their plea which sought the imposition of President’s rule and the removal of Shiv Sena-led government in Maharashtra. 

The plea filed by three persons alleged that the law and order situation in Maharashtra was deteriorating. Citing the examples of Sushant Singh Rajput’s death and the demolition of Bollywood Actress Kangana Ranaut’s office, the petitioners said that the state was carrying out its affairs constitutionally. 

The plea also mentioned the attack on former India Navy officer Madan Lal Sharma to argue their point. However, the CJI objected saying that the instances mentioned in the petition happened in Mumbai. 

The petitioner said that at least Mumbai and its surrounding areas should be controlled by armed forces. However, the court refused to entertain the plea. 

This comes amid the tension between Maharashtra Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari and Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray over the issue of reopening temples in the state. 

Earlier, Koshyari wrote a letter to Thackeray mocking him for turning ‘secular’ while the Chief Minister responded saying that he doesn’t require any certificate or lessons from him. 

The Congress and Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) are the alliance partners of Shiv Sena in Maharashtra. The MVA government is being targeted by the opposition ever since Bollywood Actor Sushant Singh Rajput died. 

Also Read - No Body Enjoys Keeping Temples Closed: Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Raut

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