Mumbai: In a blitz chess-like move, the Bharatiya Janata party turned the tables on Shiv Sena, which was almost certain of forming the government in Maharashtra with the support of the Nationalist Congress Party and the Congress, on Friday.
The BJP in a political stroke managed to coax top NCP leader Ajit Pawar defect overnight. BJP’s candidate and former Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis took oath as CM for the second time on Saturday morning and Ajit, who is the nephew of NCP chief Sharad Pawar, will be his deputy.
Congratulations to @Dev_Fadnavis Ji and @AjitPawarSpeaks Ji on taking oath as the CM and Deputy CM of Maharashtra respectively. I am confident they will work diligently for the bright future of Maharashtra.
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) November 23, 2019
Sources said the BJP perhaps used the Enforcement Directorate cases booked against Ajit Pawar to its advantage to make him jump the ship. Rumours were doing the rounds that the case against Ajit would be pushed to cold storage if he helped Fadnavis become the CM again.
On Saturday Morning, putting the Media into a tizzy and the rest in Politics circles surprised, Chief Minister Davendra Fadnavis meet Maha Governor Bhagat Singh at Raj Bhavan and took oath for the second time.
Speaking to Media persons, Devendra Fadnavis said, “People have given us a clear mandate, but Shiv Sena tries to ally with other parties after results. Following this President’s rule was imposed, Maharashtra needs a stable government not a ‘Kichidi’.
Pine Minister Narendra Modi and BJP President took to Twitter to congratulate the newly sworn in CM.
मुझे विश्वास है कि यह सरकार महाराष्ट्र के विकास और कल्याण के प्रति निरंतर कटिबद्ध रहेगी और प्रदेश में प्रगति के नये मापदंड स्थापित करेगी।
— Amit Shah (@AmitShah) November 23, 2019
NCP Leader Sharad Pawar took to social media to give his side of the story, he tweeted : ‘ Ajit Pawar’s decision to support the BJP to form the Maharashtra Government is his personal decision and not that of the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP). We place on record that we do not support or endorse this decision of his’.