Fadnavis broke Uddhav Thackery dream to be a CM of Maharashtra;took oath as CM
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In an overnight coup, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) turned its tables on rivals with a faction of Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) breaking away under Sharad Pawar’s nephew Ajit Pawar and forming government under the leadership of Devendra Fadnavis in the wee hours of Saturday morning.While the NCP on its own had 54 MLAs, there is no clarity immediately as to how many MLAs support does Ajit Pawar have. BJP alone has 105 seats in the 288 member legislative assembly of Maharashtra.
The development has brought a major twist in the Maharashtra saga as a day earlier it was senior Pawar who announced that the new Maharashtra government would be led by Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray.
This came just hours after the Shiv Sena, NCP and Congress went through the final motions of forming a new coalition government with NCP chief Sharad Pawar saying there was “unanimity” over Uddhav Thackeray as chief minister.
Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) chief Sharad Pawar seems to be equally miffed with his nephew Ajit’s decision to join hands with the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). “I came to know at 7 am today about Ajit Pawar. I did not know before that. I will hold a press conference in some time. Uddhav too will address the media. I will speak elaborately then,” the NCP chief said, clarifying that it was not his decision.
NCP’s Ajit Pawar takes oath as Deputy CM, oath was administered by Maharashtra governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari at Raj Bhawan.
Congress leader Digvijaya Singh in a tweet questioned Governor whether it received letter of support from Nationalist Congress Party (NCP). He also said, “The Governor should have decided after NCP leader Jayant Patil have taken support from the NCP MLAs.