BJP’s Devendra Fadnavis takes oath as Maharashtra CM, NCP’s Ajit Pawar his deputy

In a dramatic turn of events, BJP’s Devendra Fadnavis on Saturday took oath as the chief minister of Maharashtra while the NCP’s Ajit Pawar was sworn in as deputy chief minister by Governor BS Koshyari in Mumbai.

Fadnavis who took oath as chief minister for the second time, said that BJP-Shiv Sena alliance had a clear mandate of the people but the Sena’s discussions with other parties regarding government formation was not expected.

“People had given us a clear mandate, but Shiv Sena tried to ally with other parties after results, as a result President’s rule was imposed. Maharashtra needed a stable govt not a ‘khichdi’ govt,” ANI quoted Fadnavis as saying after he was sworn in.

Fadnavis also said that an economically progressive state like Maharashtra cannot be under President’s rule and hence, this had to be done for the betterment of the people

“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,” Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted.

The development came as a complete surprise after the Shiv Sena, Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) and Congress appeared set to stake claim to power in Maharashtra with NCP chief Sharad Pawar announcing on Friday that Sena cief Uddhav Thackeray will lead the alliance and be its chief ministerial candidate.

The leaders of the three parties had met in Mumbai’s Worli for two hours, and decided to hold further talks on Saturday before meeting governor Koshyari and attempting to form the government.

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