TDN World Desk: Power goes, but hope still reigns within Congress leaders. Hours after the political twist in Maharashtra with Devendra Fadnavis swearing in as the Chief Minister and NCP’s Ajit Pawar as his deputy, the Congress expressed positivity in forming government by toppling BJP led coaliation government.
Addressing media at a joint press conference hosted with the Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray and his son Aaditya Thackeray at Yashwantrao Chavan Centre, Mumbai, Sharad Pawar said, “We are absolutely sure that the BJP-led government that sworn-in today won’t be able to pass the floor test. The Shiv Sena-NCP-Congress will form the government as the number is with us.”
Speaking to reporters, Ahmed Patel, flanked by Maharashtra Congress in-charge Mallikarjun Kharge and other leaders, said: “Everything was done in a hushed manner early morning. Something is wrong somewhere. Nothing can be more shameful than this.”
Patel further said that the Congress would put up “a political and legal challenge” at the manner in which a Bharatiya Janata Party-led government was sworn-in in Maharashtra under a shroud of secrecy at dawn on Saturday
The Congress party asserted that it is confident of forming the government in Maharashtra along with Shiv Sena and NCP despite Ajit Pawar’s shocker early Saturday.
“All the three (Congress-NCP-Shiv Sena) parties are together in this and I am confident we will defeat BJP in the trust vote. All Congress MLAs are present here except two who are right now in their village, but they too are with us,” said Ahmed Patel to the media as quoted by The Statesman .
The Congress has 44 seats in the 288-member House while the NCP has 54 and the Shiv Sena has 56.