Maharashtra: Devendra Fadnavis becomes Chief Minister, Ajit Pawar Deputy CM

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Mumbai, November 23, 2019: In a major twist in Maharashtra politics, BJP’s Devendra Fadnavis took oath as Maharashtra Chief Minister (CM) and Ajit Pawar of the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) appointed as the Deputy Chief Minister on Saturday morning.

Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari administered the oath of Chief Minister of Maharashtra to Fadnavis and Deputy CM Pawar at 8 am.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted at 8.16 am, “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.”

NCP supremo Sharad Pawar tweeted at 9.27 am, “Ajit Pawar’s decision to support the BJP to form the Maharashtra Government is his personal decision and not that of the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP). We place on record that we do not support or endorse this decision of his.”

It is reported that Ajit Pawar is the leader of the NCP’s parliamentary board and no decision of the NCP has been taken without the consent of Sharad Pawar.

The great thing is that at 5.47 am on Saturday, the President’s rule was removed. After that, Devendra Fadnavis of BJP took oath as CM of Maharashtra and Ajit Pawar of NCP took oath as Deputy CM.

Following the meeting of the top leaders of the new alliance ‘Mahavikas Aghadi’, comprising the Congress-NCP-Shiv Sena, on Friday, NCP President Sharad Pawar had said that the leadership of the government had agreed to remain in the hands of Shiv Sena president Uddhav Thackeray. All other issues are under discussion between the three parties. After the meeting, Uddhav Thackeray avoided making any comment on the agreement made in his name, saying that on Saturday, all the journalists’ questions will be answered together.

And on Saturday morning, things became clear that BJP with support from NCP has formed the government. Now BJP alliance has to prove majority in the state assembly during the floor test. They have to prove majority before November 30.

Governor Bhagat Singh Koshari had recommended the President’s rule in Maharashtra on November 12 as no party could achieve the required number of 145 MLAs after the assembly elections, but since then Congress-NCP-Shiv Sena has been a They were engaged in preparations for forming a new coalition government. However, everyone is surprised to see the picture which was cleared on Saturday. On the one hand, on Friday, NCP chief Sharad Pawar had forwarded the name of Uddhav Thackeray to the post of CM of Maharashtra, now the same NCP has joined hands with the BJP.

It seems that the last assembly elections were held between two alliances in Maharashtra. The main parties of one coalition were BJP and Shiv Sena, while the other alliance main party Congress-NCP, in which the BJP got maximum 105, Shiv Sena 56, NCP 54 and Congress 44 seats.

After the results of the election, his alliance with the BJP was broken due to the Shiv Sena demanding the post of Chief Minister for two and a half years. Shiv Sena leaders have already been claiming that they will fulfill the dreams of Shiv Sena founder Balasaheb Thackeray by making him their Chief Minister in Maharashtra. However, the Shiv Sena wanted to form a government in Maharashtra with the help of Congress-NCP, but the BJP, in a major turnaround, has formed a government with the NCP in Maharashtra.