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Maharashtra governor does his own numbers

By A Correspondent in Mumbai
Last updated on: October 15, 2004 14:26 IST
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With most exit polls on Wednesday predicting a hung assembly in Maharashtra, Governor Mohammed Fazal shot off letters to the two major political groupings -- the ruling Congress-Nationalist Congress Party and the opposition Shiv Sena-Bharatiya Janata Party -- seeking details of their pre-poll alliances.

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Explaining the unusual step, the governor told Aaj Tak that theĀ idea is make sure that the state gets a stable government.

The election results will be out on October 16.

A stunned political establishment till Thursday night was denying receiving any letter from the governor's office.

With almost all political parties busy wooing independents, the governor's letter is a bother they could have done well without.

This is the first time in the state's history that a governor has sought details of pre-poll alliances even before the results are out.

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A Correspondent in Mumbai