Andhra Pradesh may likely to witness President's rule
February 19, 2014 - Hyderabad
With the Chief Minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy tendered his resignation on Wednesday to the Governor, all eyes are now looking towards Governor's decision.
With the uncertainty over the decision of the AICC as it was concentrating on the AP State Reorganization Bill 2013 to be approved in Rajya Sabha, the PCC president Botcha Satyanarayana was asked to meet the Governor Thursday afternoon. It is still uncertain whether the Governor may recommend President's rule or not but likely. It may be noted here that the he was in the process of consultation with representatives of recognised parties. He made the first call to the main Opposition Party. Some TDP leaders have interpreted the Governor's call as an invitation to the party to stake its' claim while the Congress leaders dismissed such talk.
If TDP evinces interest as it has a strength of 76 members in the Assembly and the likelihood of a sizeable support from other parties if he evinced interest.
As per Article 356 of the Constitution, the President's rule can be imposed if a situation had arisen in which the State government could not be carried on in accordance with the provisions of the Constitution.
In the present circumstances, Congress cannot convene a meeting of the legislature party to elect its leader as it witnessed sharp division of the party ranks on regional basis. So, the Governor has no alternative but to recommend the President's rule.