Governor can ask single largest party to form govt: Expert Mumbai, Nov 7 (PTI) The onus is on Govern

Governor can ask single largest party to form govt: Expert Mumbai, Nov 7 (PTI) The onus is on Governor BhagatSingh Koshyari to act if no party stakes claim to form the newgovernment in Maharashtra, a legislature expert said here onThursday, two days before the present Assembly's term ends.

If no party comes forward, the governor can invite thesingle largest party to form the government, said Anant Kalse,former secrertary of the state legislature.

'If that party shows its inability to form the newgovernment, then the governor will invite the second largestparty to form the government,' Kalse said.

'The governor will have to carry out thesemodalities,' Kalse told a Marathi TV channel.

The decision to hold the first session of the newAssembly is taken in the first cabinet meeting of the newgovernment, he said. Holding the session is the cabinet'sresponsibility, he added.

'The Assembly poll results have been notified by theElection Commission. The new Assembly will come into existenceas per Constitutional provisions,' he said.

'Till the new CM is sworn in, the session of the newAssembly can't be convened,' Kalse said.

After the new government proposes, the governor callsthe session of the new Assembly in which all the new MLAs aresworn in, he said.

'There is no provision of a caretaker government asper the Constitution but there have been such incidents evenat the Centre,' he said.

'The tenure of a caretaker government is a grey areabut the new government will have to be formed soon,' he said.

Former Maharashtra Advocate General Shrihari Aneysaid, it is a 'very long time' before one can think ofimposing President's rule in the state.

'There are many options and actions to be taken beforereaching such a decision,' Aney said.

'There is no provision in law that the new governmentwill have to be formed by November 9, after the tenure of thepresent Assembly ends,' Aney said.

The BJP and the Shiv Sena are engaged in a bittertug-of-war over the latter's demand for equal distribution ofportfolios and sharing the chief minister's post.

The BJP has rejected the Sena's demand for sharing thechief minister's post for two-and-a-half years each. PTI VTVT VT