As the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) formed an alliance with a faction of the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP), Devendra Fadnavis took oath on Saturday morning while Maharashtra Chief Minister for the second term.
The NCP faction, that broke up under Sharad Pawar's nephew Ajit Pawar's leadership, formed an alliance with the saffron party as it turned its tables into rivals in an “overnight coup”.
Fadnavis's oath as CM brought a major twist to the Maharashtra power saga as the Uddhav Thackeray of Shiv Sena was almost certain to donate the CM's hat.
NCP chief Sharad Pawar, in fact, had even claimed that “NCP-Sena alliance government will complete its term in 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.
“I am happy to have been given another chance to serve as Maharashtra CM,” Fadnavis said after taking the oath.
“The people of Maharashtra had given a very clear mandate but the Shiv Sena, which fought the elections alongside us, rejected people’s mandate,” he added.
“The state needs a strong government and we are determined to give them that. The President’s rule should end now,” Fadnavis added.
Ajit Pawar was sown in as the deputy CM of the state.
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