President’s Rule revoked in Maharashtra at wee hours after election result chaos

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Delhi: President’s Rule was revoked in Maharashtra at 5.47 am mere hours before the BJP’s Devendra Fadnavis took oath as Chief Minister for a second term. The state had been placed under President’s Rule on November 12 after last month’s elections delivered a fractured mandate. In a brief three-line notification issued by Union Home Secretary Ajay Kumar Bhalla this morning, President Ram Nath Kovind revoked President’s Rule “in relation to the state of Maharashtra with effect from the 23rd day of November, 2019”. Government formation in the state had appeared to be a done deal late Saturday night after a lengthy tripartite meeting between the Shiv Sena, the Congress and the NCP that resulted in Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray being announced as the alliance’s Chief Minister.