Posted on November 23, 2019, 11:05 AM IST
Till yesterday Shiv Sena-NCP-Congress alliance were confident to form a stable government in Maharashtra. But today morning they woke up to a googly by NCP’s Ajit Pawar, who has ditched his uncle Sharad Pawar in a bid for the Deputy CM’s post.
In an unexpected turn of events BJP has joined hands with Ajit Pawar and his supporters to form a government. Former CM Devendra Fadnavis has been successfully sworn in today for second term as Maharashtra CM. Ajit Pawar has gained himself the Deputy CM post. The oath was administered by Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari at Raj Bhawan to Fadnavis and Pawar this morning.
PM Modi congratulated them on taking oath as Maharashtra's Chief Minister and Deputy Chief Minister respectively and exuded confidence that the new government will work for the state's bright future.
Congratulating Twitter, PM Modi said, "Congratulations to Devendra Fadnavis Ji and Ajit Pawar 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."
Meanwhile after oath Fadnavis told the press, “People had given us a clear mandate, but Shiv Sena tried to ally with other parties after results, as a result President's rule was imposed. Maharashtra needed a stable govt not a 'khichdi' government."
On the other hand NCP supremo Sharad Pawar remained clueless about the sudden change in his nephew Ajit Pawar. He took to Twitter saying that his Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) had no hand in his nephew Ajit's shocking decision to join a BJP-led government. Ajit Pawar himself said he reached the decision on his own.
Other NCP leaders like Chhagan Bhujbal, Nawab Malik, Jayant Patil and Jitendra Awahad said they had no idea of what was to come. Praful Patel said Sharad Pawar had nothing to do with it.
Meanwhile, Shiv Sena has received a major setback with this sudden BJP-NCP government. The President’s rule stays revoked from today.