President’s Rule in Maharashtra

Since no party has been able to form the government in the state of Maharashtra even after 20 days of the poll results, State Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari has recommended President’s Rule in the state in accordance with the Article 356 of the Constitution.

Crux of the Matter
  • In the Maharashtra assembly polls, BJP had acquired 105 seats, Shiv Sena 56, Congress 44 and NCP 54. Maharashtra assembly would require a majority, i.e 145 seats out of 288 for the formation of the state government.
  • With a row regarding distributing powers with the BJP, Shiv Sena had drawn back from forming a coalition with the ruling party.
  • A coalition between Shiv Sena, Sharad Powar’s NCP, and Congress is being mulled over. Leaders of Congress are in talks with Sena, with which Congress does not see eye-to-eye.
  • Governor Koshyari and Union Cabinet seek President’s Rule, while Shiv Sena has moved to Supreme Court against the Governor’s withhold of the three-day extension.

President Rule – In India, President’s rule is the suspension of state government and imposition of direct central government rule in a state. Under Article 356 of the Constitution of India, in the event that a state government is unable to function according to constitutional provisions, the Central government can take direct control of the state machinery. Subsequently, executive authority is exercised through the centrally appointed governor, who has the authority to appoint other administrators to assist them. Read More

Cyclone Bulbul Hits W.B. & Odisha

Originating from the Bay of Bengal, the very severe cyclone Bulbul hit the coasts of Eastern India and Bangladesh at an intensity of Category 2 hurricane, causing heavy rains and storm winds up to 135 kmph in the region. West Bengal and Odisha have been severely affected by the landfall of the cyclone.

Crux of the Matter
  • Cyclone Bulbul has taken the life of 7 people in the state of West Bengal. Deaths have been caused due to falling of trees.
  • No casualties have been reported from Odisha, but the cyclone did not fare Odisha completely as it damaged seasons standing crops in an area of around 2 lakh hectares. Also, Balasore district has been providing shelter to the cyclone-hit people from Baincha village.
  • Electricity and telecom services in the region have also been disrupted in the region. Although, power services are being gradually resumed.
  • Teams of National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) and Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC) have been clearing water loggings and tree blockages along with rescuing people to safer shelters.

Cyclone Bulbul – Very Severe Cyclonic Storm Bulbul is an active tropical cyclone which struck the Indian state of West Bengal at Category 2 hurricane-equivalent intensity and is currently a flood and storm surge threat to Bangladesh. Originating from the remnants of Severe Tropical Storm Matmo over the southern Bay of Bengal in early November, Bulbul slowly intensified into a Very Severe Cyclonic Storm. Read More

MHA Commutes Death Sentence of Beant Singh’s Killer

Balwant Singh Rajoana, assassin of former Punjab Chief Minister Beant Singh, will now serve life imprisonment instead of death penalty as a humanitarian gesture by the Ministry of Home Affairs.

Crux of the Matter
  • Balwant Singh Rajaona was charged for the 1995 explosion at Chandigarh Civil Secretariat. The explosion killed 17 members including CM Beant Singh.
  • He was given Death penalty in 2007.
  • As he refused to filing a mercy plea, Shiromani Gurudwara Prabandhak Committee (SGPC), in 2014, filed a plea on his behalf. Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) had also been insisting on the revocation of the death sentence.
  • As a token on the 550th birth anniversary of Guru Nanak Dev, MHA besides issuing the commutation of Balwant’s death sentence released 8 life imprisonment convicts charged for Sikh militancy.
  • “Since the crime took place in the jurisdiction of UT of Chandigarh, it is up to them how they process the case and present it before the President of India. MHA wrote a letter to UT Chandigarh and endorsed a copy to us; we have forwarded the letter to them,” said Mr. Ratnam, Principal Secretary of Jails, Punjab.

Beant Singh was assassinated in a bomb blast at the secretariat complex in Chandigarh on 31 August 1995. The blast claimed the lives of 17 others including 3 Indian commandos. Beant Singh was accompanied by his close friend Ranjodh Singh Mann on the day of assassination. Dilawar Singh Babbar of Babbar Khalsa International acted as the suicide bomber; later, the backup bomber Balwant Singh Rajoana was also convicted for the killing. Read More

Shiv Sena Leader Sanjay Raut Hospitalised

Shiv Sena leader and Rajya Sabha MP Sanjay Raut, 57, underwent angioplasty at the Lilavati Hospital in Mumbai on 11th November evening after he complained of chest pain. 2 days prior he had undergone ECG Tests; after which he was advised to rest. His brother Sunil Raut said, “Angioplasty is being carried out and his health is stable. He would be discharged soon.”