Twist in Maharashtra: Fadnavis takes oath as Chief Minister, Ajit Pawar Deputy CM
In a suprise move NCP backed BJP to form a new government in Maharashtra, marking an end to political uncertainty. Fadnavis is back as the new CM while, Ajit Pawar sworn in as the Dy CM
In a dramatic turn of events, Devendra Fadnavis is back as the Chief Minister of Maharashtra, backed by the Sharad Pawar-led NCP. As the Fadnavis took the oath, with NCP leader Ajit Pawar as his deputy at Raj Bhavan, the month-long political impasse in the state came to an end.
The central government had kept the state under President's rule as no party was able to form the government. The surprise move came at a time when deliberations between the Congress, the NCP and Shiv Sena to form a government were at the final stage.
Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari administered the oath to the two in the morning ceremony, where only official media was present.
Hon Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari administered the oath of Chief Minister of Maharashtra to Shri Devendra Fadnavis and Deputy CM to Shri Ajit Pawar. pic.twitter.com/88AXf9EYV3— CMO Maharashtra (@CMOMaharashtra) November 23, 2019
"People had given us a clear mandate, but Shiv Sena tried to ally with other parties after results, after which President's rule was imposed. Maharashtra needed a stable govt, not a 'khichidi' govt," Fadnavis said.
Ajit Pawar, after taking oath as the deputy chief minister, said: "From result day on October 24, no party was able to form the government. Maharashtra was facing many problems, including farmers issues. So we decided to form a stable government."
The surprise swearing-in came at a time when Sharad Pawar had said onThursday night that there was a consensus among the NCP, Congress and Shiv Sena that Uddhav Thackeray should lead the new government.
(With inputs from agencies)