'Prerogative of governor': Defence minister Rajnath Singh comments on Maharashtra government formation at Lucknow event

At the event, Rajnath Singh paid tributes to former servicemen and their families in Lucknow, and said the country is proud of them.

Press Trust of India November 23, 2019 23:20:52 IST
'Prerogative of governor': Defence minister Rajnath Singh comments on Maharashtra government formation at Lucknow event
  • Defence Minister Rajnath Singh on Saturday said it was the prerogative of the governor to invite a party to form a government

  • The comments came after Devendra Fadnavis and NCP leader Ajit Pawar took oath as the Maharashtra chief minister and deputy chief minister

  • At the event, Rajnath paid tributes to former servicemen and their families in Lucknow, and said the country is proud of them

Lucknow: Defence Minister Rajnath Singh on Saturday said it was the prerogative of the governor to invite a party to form a government.

Prerogative of governor Defence minister Rajnath Singh comments on Maharashtra government formation at Lucknow event

File image of Rajnath Singh. ANI

The comments come after BJP's Devendra Fadnavis and NCP leader Ajit Pawar took oath as the Maharashtra chief minister and deputy chief minister respectively on Saturday in an unexpected development a day after Shiv Sena president Uddhav Thackeray emerged as the Sena-NCP-Congress' consensus candidate for the top post.

"At this point of time in this programme, I do not wish to make any political statement. It was the prerogative of the governor," Rajnath said at an event in Lucknow. "The governor invited the person (to form the government) after he was satisfied."

At the event, Rajnath paid tributes to former servicemen and their families in Lucknow, and said the country is proud of them.

Addressing the audience, which had gathered at the AMC Stadium, Rajnath said: "The nation is proud of its armed forces and equally proud of its ex-servicemen, who can still discharge their duties if the need arises with same confidence. I am assured of this."

The defence minister visited various stalls put up at the stadium and also interacted with former servicemen and their widows.

Rajnath said Uttar Pradesh had been the birthplace of war heroes like Abdul Hamid and Manoj Pandey, adding that the entire nation would remain indebted to them.

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