Maharashtra Governor conspired on advice of PM Modi, Amit Shah: Ashok Gehlot

Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot has slammed Maharashtra Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari for administering the oath to BJP’s Devendra Fadnavis and NCP’s Ajit Pawar at the Raj Bhavan in “secrecy”, saying he “hatched a conspiracy” on the advice of PM Narendra Modi and Home Minister Amit Shah.

Speaking with India Today TV, Ashok Gehlot said the Nationalist Democratic Alliance (NDA) and “BJP, in particular, played dirty politics in Maharashtra”.

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“The Governor is supposed to be non-partisan when takes the oath of the Constitution. The Maharashtra Governor connived with the BJP leaders and hatched a conspiracy,” Ashok Gehlot said, adding, “After Haryana, the message given by the voters was clear but the BJP hasn’t learnt its lessons.”

Ashok Gehlot said President Ram Nath Kovind should intervene immediately. “The BJP government should prove the majority as soon as possible. The Governor should not have done this,” Ashok Gehlot said.

“We criticise this act of PM Modi and Amit Shah. The Governor [Bhagat Singh Koshyari] is above any political party. He conspired this on the advice of PM Modi and Amit Shah. He shouldn’t be on his post as he lost his face,” Ashok Gehlot said.


Slamming the new government in Maharashtra as “illegitimate”, the Congress on Saturday termed the swearing-in of BJP’s Devendra Fadnavis as chief minister a black chapter in India’s democracy and alleged that the Governor did not make effort to verify his claims of having the support of a majority of MLAs.

Addressing a press conference, Congress spokesperson Randeep Singh Surjewala said the BJP “scared” an “opportunist” Ajit Pawar, the NCP leader who has joined hands with the saffron party and acted as “contract killer” of democracy.

Devendra Fadnavis had promised to put Ajit Pawar in jail but has made him deputy chief minister now, Randeep Surjewala said.

Source – India Today