Mumbai:23/11/19:BJP has formed the government this morning with Devendra Fadnavis returning as Chief Minister in Maharashtra. Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari administered the oath of office and secrecy to Mr Fadnavis as the Chief Minister and NCP leader Ajit Pawar as the deputy Chief Minister in a ceremony at the Raj Bhavan.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Amit Shah and other senior leaders have congratulated Mr Fadnavis and Ajit Pawar.
The BJP has asserted that it had the electoral and moral mandate to form the government in Maharashtra. Briefing reporters in New Delhi today senior party leader and Union Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said BJP won the popular mandate to form the government led by Devendra Fadnavis. He said the governor had no counter-claim by any other party or alliance.
Congress, on the other hand, described the new government in Maharashtra as illegitimate.
After taking oath, Mr Fadnavis said Maharashtra people had given a clear mandate, but Shiv Sena tried to ally with other parties after results.
Speaking to media, Ajit Pawar said, he took the decision as from the result’s day to this day no party was able to form Government and Maharashtra was facing many problems including farmer issues.
NCP chief Sharad Pawar, however, clarified that the decision of going with BJP to form the government in Maharashtra was of his nephew, Ajit Pawar. Addressing a press conference in Mumbai, along with Shiv Sena Chief Uddhav Thackeray, the NCP Chief said, Ajit Pawar’s decision is against the party line and is indisciplinary.
Speaking at joint press conference Shiv Sena Chief Udhav Thackeray said his party has done everything upfront.
Addressing media, Congress leader Ahmed Patel said that today was a black spot in the history of Maharashtra.
Amidst political drama in Maharashtra, Nationalist Congress Party removed deputy chief minister and NCP leader Ajit Pawar from the post of the leader of Legislative Party. In his place, senior NCP leader and the party’s state president Jayant Patil has been appointed. The decision was taken at the closed-door meeting of NCP currently underway in Mumbai.
The meeting is being chaired by Party President Sharad Pawar. The MLAs who had allegedly defected along with Ajit Pawar, and extended support BJP to form government are also attending. The meeting is reportedly being attended by 50 MLAs of the total 54 party MLAs. Ajit Pawar did not attend the meeting. He is holding a separate meeting with NCP MP Sunil Tatkare and the party MLAs, Dilip Walse Patil and Hasan Mushrif at his brother Sriniwas Pawar’s residence.
AIR correspondent reports, early this morning, Devendra Fadnavis took oath once again at the chief minister while NCP’s Ajit Pawar took oath as his deputy. This unexpected development in state sent the other three parties in state- NCP, Congress and the Shiv Sena into a huddle. Shiv Sena Chief Uddhav Thackeray also met party MLAs put up at a hotel in Mumbai. Meanwhile, the three parties have also filed writ petition against Union of India, State of Maharashtra, Devendra Fadnavis and Ajit Pawar for quashing the decision of the Governor for inviting Fadnavis to form the government, calling it illegal, unconstitutional, malafide and deserve to be struck down. The plea seeks an invitation to Shiv Sena, NCP and Congress (Maha Vikas Aghadi) to form a coalition government. The petitioners have also requested an immediate floor test to avoid horse-trading.
Amid confusion over the exact number of MLAs attending the swearing-in ceremony, at least seven legislators claimed to have returned to the party fold and pledged their loyalty to Sharad Pawar. Two NCP MLAs Atul Benke and Diliprao Bankar have tweeted saying they went to the swearing-in ceremony at Raj Bhavan, as Ajit Pawar asked them go.