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Prof applies for leave saying he fell ill after Maha political drama

November 25, 2019

The ongoing political drama in Maharashtra undeniably marks a turning point in the history of Indian politics. Maharashtra’s political drama took an unexpected turn when NCP’s Ajit Pawar supported BJP to form the government, paving way for Devendra Fadnavis taking oath as the new chief minister of the state on Saturday morning. The political shocker came a day after the NCP, the Shiv Sena and the Congress almost formed a coalition in the state, which has been under the President’s rule.

This was followed by the Shiv Sena and Sharad Pawar-led NCP filing a petition in the Supreme Court, seeking quashing of the Maharashtra governor’s decision to swear-in Fadnavis as chief minister. The two parties also demanded an immediate floor test avoid ‘further horse-trading’. But on Sunday, the apex court issued notices to the Centre, Maharashtra government, Devendra Fadnavis and Ajit Pawar to produce relevant documents from Maharashtra governor’s letter for inviting the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) to the form government and the letter of support of MLAs by 10:30 am on Monday.

While most people have taken the current developments with a pinch of salt, the fast-paced swing of power has proved to be too powerful for a college professor in the state. Zaheer Syed, an English teacher at a college in Gadchandur, applied for a leave of absence, saying he ‘fell ill’ due to the developments in Maharashtra Politics.

“I fell sick and went into shock in the morning after watching the news about unfolding political drama in the state,” the professor wrote in his leave application. 

The purported leave application was rejected by the college principal but it didn’t take for it to go viral on Twitter and Facebook.

As of now, the Supreme Court is hearing the joint petition filed by the Shiv Sena, the Nationalist Congress Party, and the Congress against the government formed by Devendra Fadnavis in Maharashtra.

While hearing the plea on Sunday, a three-judge Supreme Court bench comprised of Justice NV Ramana, Justice Ashok Bhushan and Justice Sanjiv Khanna had observed: “In this court, the sky is the limit, anybody can ask for anything. Any person can ask to make him the prime minister.”

Source: Indian Express

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