In a massive political coup, Ajit Pawar and BJP joined hands together to form the government in Maharashtra with Devendra Fadnavis becoming the Chief Minister of the state. NCP leader Ajit Pawar, the nephew of party chief Sharad Pawar took oath as the deputy CM of the state. The BJP-NCP government took charge in Maharashtra on Saturday after President Rule, imposed in the state a fortnight ago, was revoked at 5.47 am.
According to a Home Ministry notification, President Ram Nath Kovind issued the proclamation for revocation of President Rule in Maharashtra this morning. The gazette notification to this effect was issued by Union Home Secretary Ajay Kumar Bhalla at 5.47 AM.
After taking the oath, Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis stated that the BJP wanted to give a stable government to the people of Maharashtra, adding that his party’s ally Shiv Sena “did not follow people’s mandate”.
“I thank the NCP coming in support to form this government. We all know that there was the President’s rule for the last few days… Shiv Sena did not follow the mandate,” he said.
Till yesterday, it was being reported that NCP, Congress and the Shiv Sena were close to forming a government in the state. There were also reports that Shiv Sena-NCP and Congress all have agreed to make Uddhav Thackeray as the Chief Minister of the state.
Sharad Pawar has distanced himself from this alliance. He has said that this was Ajit Pawar’s personal decision to ally with BJP and that this decision did not have NCP’s sanction.
According to reports, the Governor has given Ajit Pawar and BJP time till 30th November to prove their majority.
The state of Maharashtra had plunged into a political crisis after Shiv Sena broke its three-decade-long ties with the BJP after a deadlock appeared between the allies over seat-sharing formula.
The BJP and Sena, which fought the Assembly polls in the alliance, had secured a comfortable majority by winning 105 and 56 seats, respectively, in the 288-member Assembly. The Congress and the NCP, pre-poll allies, won 44 and 54 seats, respectively.