On November 23, BJP leader Devendra Fadnavis took oath as the Chief Minister of Maharashtra amid deadlock over government formation of the state.
And, in an unexpected turn of events, Nationalist Congress Party's (NCP) Ajit Pawar took oath as the Deputy CM.
The oath was administered by Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari at Raj Bhawan.
Here are more details.
Devendra Fadnavis took oath as Maharashtra Chief Minister again,NCP's Ajit Pawar took oath as Deputy CM,oath was administered by Maharashtra Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari at Raj Bhawan pic.twitter.com/KrejSTXTBd— ANI (@ANI) November 23, 2019
After taking oath, Fadnavis said, "People had given us a clear mandate, but Shiv Sena tried to ally with other parties after results, as a result President's rule was imposed. Maharashtra needed a stable government not a 'khichdi' government."
The political climate in Maharashtra intensified after the pre-poll alliance of Bharatiya Janata Party and Shiv Sena fell apart.
The alliance crumbled over debates of power-sharing after they won a majority in the Maharashtra polls last month.
Since the alliance fell apart, no party was able to prove a majority in the Assembly.
Hence, on November 12, President's rule was imposed in the state.
Thereafter, Sena tried to form the alliance with Congress and NCP.
In fact, just yesterday, NCP head Sharad Pawar said Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray has been chosen by NCP, Congress and Sena for the CM post.
The three parties had recently announced a post-poll alliance, following weeks of deadlock in the state.
However, Congress leader Ahmed Patel was reluctant to give a conclusive answer.
Notably, NCP chief Sharad Pawar was part of discussions for a Fadnavis-led government in Maharashtra and had given his assent to Ajit Pawar, sources told ANI.
To recall, reports had earlier emerged stating that Pawar was trying to strike an alliance with the BJP, however, they went largely ignored amid the noise over the formation of a Shiv Sena-Congress-NCP alliance.
However, Sharad Pawar rubbished the reports claiming Ajit Pawar acted independently and the NCP does not "support or endorse this decision of his."
Senior NCP leader Praful Patel also added, "This is not NCP's decision and does not have Sharad Pawar saheb's support."
Separately, Congress spokesperson Abhishek Singhvi expressed shock over the latest development, confessing he "thought it was fake news."
Surreal wht I read abt #Maharashtra. Thought it was fake news. Candidly personally speaking, our tripartite negotiations shd not have gone on for more than 3 days...took too long. Window given was grabbed by fast movers. #pawarji tussi grt ho! Amazing if true, still not sure— Abhishek Singhvi (@DrAMSinghvi) November 23, 2019
Meanwhile, the Shiv Sena, which was made the laughing stock in this 'khichdi', seemed to not lose hope. Party spokesperson Sanjay Raut tweeted, "Jis jis par ye jag hasa hai, us hi ne itihaas racha hai." (History is made by the people the world mocked)
Congratulations to @Dev_Fadnavis Ji and @AjitPawarSpeaks Ji on taking oath as the CM and Deputy CM of Maharashtra respectively. I am confident they will work diligently for the bright future of Maharashtra.— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) November 23, 2019
To jog your memory, polls happened in Maharashtra on October 21, the results were declared on October 24. Sena had won 56 seats and BJP won 105 in the Assembly elections. On the other hand, Congress had won 44 seats, while NCP grabbed 54.
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