Mumbai, Nov 23 (IECurrentAffairs) In fast-paced developments, Bharatiya Janata Party’s Devendra Fadnavis took oath as the 19th Chief Minister of Maharashtra in the pre-dawn hours of Saturday morning and Nationalist Congress Party’s Ajit Pawar as his Deputy, hours after NCP chief Sharad Pawar indicated that a consensus has been evolved on Shiv Sena President Uddhav Thackeray for the top post.
In the October 21 elections, BJP garnered 105 seats in the 288-member assembly, Shiv Sena 56, NCP 54 and 44 went to the Indian National Congress. For majority, the support of 145 MLAs is required.
Governor Bhagat Singh Koshiyari set a November 30 deadline for the NCP-BJP government to prove its majority in the Vidhan Sabha.
The action shifted to the Supreme Court.
Amid a fusillade of charges, BJP MLA Girish Mahajan affirmed that Mr Ajit Pawar has submitted a letter to the Governor in which all the 54 NCP MLAs confirmed their support for the alliance.
Governor Koshiyari has set a November 30 deadline for the NCP-BJP government to prove its majority in the state Assembly.
BJP and Shiv Sena had contested the elections in alliance while Congress and NCP had entered into the electoral fray as allies.
President`s Rule imposed in the state was lifted.
NCP supremo Sharad Pawar said that his nephew’s decision to support the BJP to form the Maharashtra government is not that of the Nationalist Congress Party.
Soon after taking oath as the 19th Chief Minister of the state, Mr Fadnavis said Maharashtra needs a stable and not a ‘khichdi’ government.
Mr Fadnavis said that before the Assembly polls, the party had an alliance with the Shiv Sena. After the election, Shiv Sena tried to break the alliance and form a government with Congress and NCP. “I would like to express my gratitude to NCP’s Ajit Pawar, he took this decision to give a stable government to Maharashtra & come together with BJP. Some other leaders also came with us and we staked claim to form government,’ he said.
“People had given us a clear mandate, but Shiv Sena tried to ally with other parties after results, as a result President rule was imposed.
” From result day till now, no party was able to form govt in the state. Maharashtra is facing many problems, including that of farmers, so we have decided to form a stable government, ‘ Mr Ajit Pawar told reporters.
“NCP was in talks with the INC and Shiv Sena for several days but due to the negotiations not coming to any conclusion and I formed a government with the BJP to end the President’s rule in Maharashtra,” Mr Ajit Pawar added.