- The Maharashtra government was formed as Devendra Fadnavis took oath as Chief Minister of Maharashtra for the second term and NCP leader Ajit Pawar as his deputy.
- Governor Bhagat Singh Koshiyari administered the oath of both the leaders at Raj Bhawan
After declaring that Uddhav Thackeray will be the Chief Minister of Maharashtra, the entire alliance formed by NCP-Congress and Shiv Sena was flabbergasted when Devendra Fadnavis became the Chief Minister of Maharashtra. It was a major shock for Sharad Pawar as his nephew decided to support BJP to form government in Maharashtra.
Governor Bhagat Singh Koshiyari administered the oath of office to the two leaders at Raj Bhawan.
After the swearing-in ceremony, Ajit Pawar said that his decision to form the government with the BJP was solely due to problems that Farmers of state face.
In an interview that was conducted after he sworn in as Deputy CM he said,” The talks between the three parties was not ending and going on for a month. The demands that were being put forth were unreasonable. I realized that if such problems are being created now, how could we provide stable government to Maharashtra”.
NCP leader Sharad Pawar tweeted,”Ajit Pawar’s decision to support BJP to form government in Maharashtra was personal and wasn’t taken by the party. So, we place on record that we do not support or endorse his decision.”
Later in the day, NCP chief addressed a press conference along with leader of Shiv Sena Uddhav Thackeray and Aditya Thackeray and lashed out at his nephew and promised disciplinary action against him. He also warned other NCP MLAs by reminding them of anti defection law.
He said,” Ajit Pawar’s decision is a breach of party discipline. Every MLA who is changing ship must be aware of anti-defecation law and possibility of losing their Assembly membership.”
He further stated that 10 to 11 MLAs from his party have lended support to Ajit Pawar but three already have withdrawn their support. BJP wouldn’t able to prove its majority in the Assembly.
On the other hand, head honcho of Shiv Sena Uddhav Thackeray said,” This is a surgical strike carried out out on Maharashtra in the dead of the night, and the people of Maharashtra will avenge for it.” He accused the BJP of trying to stay in power by breaking parties and said there is no need of elections after whatever happened on Saturday.
The development comes hours after NCP and Shiv Sena decided to give Chief Minister’s post to Uddhav Thackeray.
Before Devendra Fadnavis sworn in as CM, the state had been under President’s rule for last days following am impasse over government formation. The rule was revoked through a notification signed by President in the morning.
The BJP won 105 seats in Legislative Assembly of Maharashtra that comprises of 288 seats, while NCP had won 54 seats. The BJP was in a need of at least 10 MLAs to stake the claim to form the government.