New Delhi: In an unexpected turn of events on Saturday morning, Bharatiya Janata Party leader Devendra Fadnavis took oath as the chief minister of Maharashtra, with Nationalist Congress Party’s Ajit Pawar as his deputy.
This development came a day after NCP leader Sharad Pawar had announced on Friday evening that the Shiv Sena-NCP-Congress had come to an agreement that Uddhav Thackeray would be chief minister for the next five years, as the consensus candidate of the alliance. Weeks of back-and-forth had gone into this announcement.
President’s rule was revoked in the state at 5:47 am.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi congratulated Fadnavis on Saturday morning, but was mum on how exactly his party managed to wrangle a victory even after earlier telling the governor that it would not be able to form government.
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
“People had given us a clear mandate, but Shiv Sena tried to ally with other parties after results, after which president’s rule was imposed. Maharashtra needed a stable govt not a ‘khichidi’ govt,” Fadnavis said at the swearing in, according to PTI.
Ajit Pawar, after taking oath as the deputy chief minister, “From result day on October 24, no party was able to form the government. Maharashtra was facing many problems, including farmers’ issues. So we decided to form a stable government.”
Congress sources told The Wire that the NCP decision was likely taken by Ajit Pawar, without his uncle Sharad Pawar’s consent. “Let us see. If all the NCP MLAS go with Ajit Pawar [in the floor test], this means they are all in it together,” they added.
Political sources added that Ajit Pawar supposedly has 20 MLAs with him, but Shah and Modi will go to any extent to ensure the numbers add up on the floor, sources said. The decision that BJP-NCP would form government was taken by Amit Shah and Narendra Modi on Friday evening, sources added. In a meeting the two were having with other officials last night, Shah went out of the room six times to take urgent phone calls.
Most Congress leaders seem to be in the dark on what exactly the BJP and NCP are doing.
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Source:: Daily Times