BJP leader Devendra Fadnavis, who was sworn in as the Chief Minister and Nationalist Congress Party leader Ajit Pawar, who was sworn in As the Deputy Chief Minister, resigned from the posts. It comes hours after the Supreme Court directed Fadnavis to prove the majority during the floor test scheduled to be held today.
In line with the shocking turn of events that have been taking place in Maharashtra politics, Ajit Pawar has resigned as the deputy CM. And, in another unexpected turn of events, CM Devendra Fadnavis resigned in less than an hour after Ajit quite from the four-day-old government.
While the NCP and Congress had been deliberating an alliance for the last three weeks and were all set to announce Thackeray's name as their choice for the post of Chief Minister. The BJP lured NCP founder Sharad Pawar's nephew Ajit Pawar into its fold in the Friday evening. And by 8 a.m. Saturday, the governor had sworn-in Fadnavis as Chief Minister and Ajit as his deputy.
Alliances on both the sides, BJP-Ajit Pawar and Shiv Sena-NCP-Congress- have expressed confidence over having the numbers in the assembly to build the government.
Pawar's exit from the government comes after a continuous effort by the NCP to persuade him to pull out of the BJP government in the state.
The contradictory statements followed with Ajit claiming the support of the majority of MLAs with Sharad Pawar disputing his nephew's claims. It was followed by NCP removing Ajit Pawar as the legislative party leader and the Congress-NCP and Shiv Sena jointly move the SC against the governor's decision.
BJP is the largest party in Maharashtra with 105 seats; it had earlier decided against staking claim to make the government. The Shiv Sena and BJP both had fought the October elections in an alliance. After the result came, Shiv Sena insisted on a 50-50 sharing formula with the nominee as the CM for half the term. BJP did not accept the condition and got almost double the number of Shiv Sena's 56 seats.