Just yesterday, Sharad Pawar had said there was unanimity on Uddhav Thackeray as CM.
This came just hours after the Shiv Sena, NCP and Congress went through the final motions of forming a new coalition government with NCP chief Sharad Pawar saying there was “unanimity” over Uddhav Thackeray as chief minister.
“I would like to express my gratitude to NCP’s Ajit Pawar ji, he took this decision to give a stable government to Maharashtra & come together with BJP. Some other leaders also came with us and we staked claim to form government.,” Fadnavis was quoted as saying by ANI.
Ajit, nephew of Sharad Pawar, said:“I took this decision as the discussions of the alliance of the three parties Congress, NCP and Shiv Sena was not ending. There was a need to give a stable government in Maharashtra.”
Even as speculation mounted on whether this was done with the blessings of the senior Pawar, he tweeted that the nephew had acted on his own.
“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,” Sharad Pawar said.
Shiv Sena’s Sanjay Raut who addressed the media said party chief Thackeray was in touch with the senior Pawar, and that Ajit had backstabbed all of them.
“They have brought shame to the Maharashtra of Shivaji Maharaj,” Raut said.
Shortly after the swearing-in, Prime Minister Narendra tweeted his congratulations to both Fadnavis and Pawar.
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
— Devendra Fadnavis (@Dev_Fadnavis) November 23, 2019
अजित पवार यांच्या राजकीय निर्णयाला राष्ट्रवादी काँग्रेस पक्षाचा पाठिंबा नाही.
हा त्यांचा वैयक्तिक निर्णय आहे.
— Sharad Pawar (@PawarSpeaks) November 23, 2019
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
Details of the the planning that went behind the move was revealed later when reports said that Fadnavis-Pawar took charge, after President’s rule, imposed in the state a fortnight ago, was revoked at 5.47 am.
According to a Home Ministry notification, President Ram Nath Kovind issued the proclamation for revocation of the central rule this morning. The gazette notification to this effect was issued by Union Home Secretary Ajay Kumar Bhalla at 5.47 am.
The state was plunged into a political crisis after the Sena broke its three-decade-long ties with the BJP after the latter declined to share the chief minister’s post.
The BJP and Sena, which fought the Assembly polls in alliance, had secured a comfortable majority by winning 105 and 56 seats, respectively, in the 288-member Assembly. The Congress and the NCP, pre-poll allies, won 44 and 54 seats, respectively.