In an overnight turn of events that left the whole nation stunned, Devendra Fadnavis become the Chief Minister of Maharashtra for the second time. In what was sure to be NCP-Shiv Sena-Congress led government in the state with even the name of the alliance been informally announced, it was a sudden downfall with parting away of NCP.
Mumbai: Devendra Fadnavis takes oath as Maharashtra Chief Minister again, oath administered by Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari at Raj Bhawan pic.twitter.com/PiRuq9SkYh— ANI (@ANI) November 23, 2019
NCP’s Ajit Pawar was sworn in as the Deputy Chief Minister of Maharashtra. The early morning swearing-in ceremony on Saturday was held in Raj Bhawan in the presence of Governor of Maharashtra Bhagat Singh Koshyari. With this, the President’s Rule, in Maharashtra that came to effect on November 12, was revoked.
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.— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) November 23, 2019
Soon after Fandavis was sworn in as the CM for 2nd term PM Modi tweeted a congratulatory message addressing both him and Ajit Pawar and expressed confidence that they would work for the bright future of Maharashtra.
The Sudden Shift Of NCP
Till yesterday evening the name of Uddhav Thackrey as the next CM of Maharashtra was doing the rounds with both NCP and Congress agreeing on his name. Ajit Pawar who is sworn in as the Deputy CM was leading the talks of three parties working to create the alternative alliance from the sides of NCP.
#WATCH Mumbai: NCP’s Ajit Pawar takes oath as Deputy CM, oath administered by Maharashtra Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari at Raj Bhawan. pic.twitter.com/TThGy9Guyr— ANI (@ANI) November 23, 2019
Ajit also informed yesterday that all three members of the alliance that is the NCP, the Shiv Sena and the Congress wanted Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray in the chief minister’s job.
NCP supremo Sharad Pawar said that he was not aware of his nephew Ajit’s decision to join hands with BJP as it was solely taken by him. He further said that his decision don’t have the blessings of NCP with it.
Sharad Pawar: 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).— ANI (@ANI) November 23, 2019
We place on record that we do not support or endorse this decision of his. pic.twitter.com/9WvYLItL7X
However, as per the sources Sharad Pawar was a part of discussions for a Fadnavis-led government, and that he gave his assent to Ajit. It is said that no decision is taken by the NCP without Sharad Pawar’s assent.
Senior NCP leader Praful Patel on Ajit Pawar: This is not NCP’s decision and does not have Sharad Pawar saheb’s support. #MaharashtraGovtFormation pic.twitter.com/1OUPg6C2LxNovember 23, 2019
Ajit Pawar is believed to have got the support of 22 out of NCP’s 54 MLAs and was in touch with few of the Shiv Sena leaders. Earlier Fandavis said that, “Maharashtra needed a stable government, and not a “khichdi” administration”.
Sources: Ajit Pawar is the leader of Parliamentary board of NCP and no decision of NCP is taken without Sharad Pawar’s assent https://t.co/gks7WGb5MQ— ANI (@ANI) November 23, 2019
Senior Congress leader Abhishek Singhvi expressed shock at the news and said that he still believes that it was not true. He tweeted that the negotiations between the three parties should not have extended for more than 3 days.
Surreal wht I read abt #Maharashtra. Thought it was fake news. Candidly &personally speaking, our tripartite negotiations shd not have gone on for more than 3 days…took too long. Window given was grabbed by fast movers. #pawarji tussi grt ho! Amazing if true, still not sure— Abhishek Singhvi (@DrAMSinghvi) November 23, 2019
With all these twists and turns, the suspense of Government formation in Maharashtra came to an end with a “big surprise” for all. Now all eyes would be on the floors of Maharashtra assembly where BJP-NCP alliance would have to formally prove there majority.
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In what can be said as the biggest political turnarounds of recent times Devendra Fadnavis was sworn in as CM for 2nd time putting end to all the suspense.