P Chidambaram’s Advice To Shiv Sena-NCP-Congress Alliance Before Oath
The Congress’s P Chidambaram tweeted on the Maharashtra political situation this morning, calling it an “egregious violation of the Constitution”. The veteran politician was unsparing in his criticism of the ruling BJP’s attempted power grab and hit out at Devendra Fadnavis’s secretive oath-taking ceremony. The former Union Minister’s tweet came shortly after party leaders Priyanka Gandhi Vadra and Rahul Gandhi visited him in Delhi’s Tihar Jail, where he has been held for nearly 100 days now in connection with the INX Media case.
“What will remain in memory of Constitution Day 2019 is the most egregious violation of the Constitution in Maharashtra between November 23 and November 26, 2019,” Mr Chidambaram said.
“It was an assault on the office of Rasthrapathi (President) to wake him up at 4 am to sign an order revoking President’s Rule. Why could it not have waited until 9 am in the morning?” his tweet asked.
Mr Fadnavis was sworn-in as Chief Minister at 7.50 am on Saturday, two hours before President Ram Nath Kovind revoked President’s Rule in the state; a procedure normally greenlit by the Union Cabinet that was bypassed after the BJP used a loophole that said the Prime Minister could act unilaterally to “meet a situation of extreme urgency”.
Congress leader Manish Tewari made a similar point on Tuesday evening in a scathing attack on the BJP, President Kovind and Maharashtra Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari.
The drama that has engulfed Maharashtra since Saturday is expected to end by Thursday with the swearing-in of Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray as Chief Minister; Mr Thackeray will lead a coalition of the Sena, the Congress and the NCP.