Devendra Fadnavis, Ajit Pawar resign three days after they sworn-in

By Anurag Mallick  Published on  26 Nov 2019 1:22 PM GMT
Devendra Fadnavis, Ajit Pawar resign three days after they sworn-in

Hyderabad: The ongoing political Game of Thrones in Maharashtra has been thrilling and equally eye opening to the voters in the state, as well as the nation. The three-day-old CM Devendra Fadnavis and his deputy Ajit Pawar submitted their resignations. The latter resigned closely following the Supreme Court’s decision urging BJP to face a floor test, says sources. Fadnavis resigned citing a lack of number to prove majority.

The results of the Maharashtra election came out almost a month ago, and the struggle for the CM’s seat closely followed. The results were simple and straightforward. BJP came out victorious with 105 seats, and Devendra Fadnavis was expected to become the CM for the second time in a row, alongside Shiv Sena and their 56 seats. What came after were the formation and disintegration of alliances, and its bitter and petty infighting.

What seemed like a cakewalk for BJP soon turned into a dilemma, as Shiv Sena first demanded a rotational Chief Minister. Later, the latter was adamant on having the CM’s seat. On the other side, Fadnavis was clear that he would be the CM for the next five years. The Sena then broke their alliance with BJP and joined hands with NCP and Congress to form a stable government.

BJP then played the waiting game, as Uddhav Thackeray was unanimously chosen to be the CM of Maharashtra on Friday. What came after surprised everyone except BJP. In an overnight miracle (read loopholes in the rules) saw Devendra Fadnavis and Ajit Pawar becoming the CM and Deputy CM, respectively. The duo took their oaths around 6:30 am on Saturday.

NCP chief Sharad Pawar soon cleared the air and mentioned that there is no such alliance between NCP and BJP. He also considered his nephew’s (Ajit Pawar) decision not related to the National Congress Party.

The three parties — NCP, Congress, and Shiv Sena — then decided to move the Supreme Court. The apex court declared a floor test tomorrow at 5 pm, with the event telecasted live. Soon after Ajit Pawar resigned as the Deputy CM, following which Devendra Fadnavis submitted his resignation, and said, “We don’t have the numbers.”

With the floor test tomorrow, everyone is sure that the trio will prove their numbers and Uddhav Thackeray take oath as the Maharashtra CM. However, judging from the past month, unless and until the oath is done and the CM spent a week in the cabinet nothing is absolute.

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