“What will remain in memory of Constitution Day 2019 is the most egregious violation of the Constitution in Maharashtra between November 23 and November 26, 2019,” Mr Chidambaram said.
“It was an assault on the office of Rasthrapathi (President) to wake him up at 4 am to sign an order revoking President’s Rule. Why could it not have waited until 9 am in the morning?” his tweet asked.
Mr Fadnavis was sworn-in as Chief Minister at 7.50 am on Saturday, two hours before President Ram Nath Kovind revoked President’s Rule in the state; a procedure normally greenlit by the Union Cabinet that was bypassed after the BJP used a loophole that said the Prime Minister could act unilaterally to “meet a situation of extreme urgency”.
Congress leader Manish Tewari made a similar point on Tuesday evening in a scathing attack on the BJP, President Kovind and Maharashtra Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari.
The drama that has engulfed Maharashtra since Saturday is expected to end by Thursday with the swearing-in of Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray as Chief Minister; Mr Thackeray will lead a coalition of the Sena, the Congress and the NCP.
Mr Chidambaram, 74, offered “warm greetings” to the coalition set to rule the state and countered by Mr Fadnavis, who yesterday said it had “3 wheels in different directions”.