TDN World Desk: Early in the morning at 5.47 President’s rule was revoked from Maharashtra. At around 8 am Mr Fadnavis and Ajit Pawar took oath. What can be more magical incident in the recent politics in India than this. Even, at friday night it was almost determined that Today Congress-NCP-Shiv Sena alliance will be forming Government. But, instead of Uddhav Thackeray, Saturday morning saw Devendra Fadanvis as the Chief Minister of Maharashtra. The plot of the story is so stunning and full of twists that barely people could have predicted this outcome.
NCP chief Sharad Pawar’s nephew Ajit Pawar has be come deputy Chief Minister. The Shiv Sena accused Ajit Pawar of “stabbing it in the back”.
“Maharashtra needed a stable government, not a khichidi shaasan (mishmash government),” Devendra Fadnavis said after taking oath for the second time, adding that the Shiv Sena “did not follow people’s mandate”. “We were invited by the Governor to form government. I thank NCP and Ajit Pawar for supporting us.”
Devendra Fadnavis has to prove his majority by November 29, reports suggest.
Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray, who was hoping to become chief minister with the support of the NCP and the Congress, will address a press conference at 12.30 pm along with NCP chief Sharad Pawar, who has called his nephew Ajit Pawar’s move his “personal decision and not one endorsed by the party.
According to a NDTV report, Sharad Pawar made a phone call to Mr Thackeray and said he was “unaware”. Uddhav Thackeray, along with his son Aaditya Thackeray, and Mr Pawar’s daughter Supriya Sule were seen arriving for the joint press conference.
Interestingly, Ajit Pawar, the nephew of Sharad Pawar, had been present last night at a meeting after which the Shiv Sena, NCP and Congress announced an alliance with Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray as Chief Minister.
In a sign that something had been brewing, Maharashtra Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari had last evening cancelled his trip to Delhi for a three-day conference.
Though Sharad Pawar claimed the NCP did not endorse Ajit Pawar’s “personal decision”, it is confirmed that the governor was handed letters of support from all NCP MLAs.