On Saturday morning, Maharashtra woke up to a surprise, with their state chief being the Bharatiya Janata Party's (BJP) Devendra Fadnavis. In a twist of events, until late on Friday night, Shiv Sena’s Uddhav Thackerey was set to take the oath of state chief with the help of Sharad Pawar's Nationalist Congress Party.
The events that took place overnight may be described as nothing less than a political coup and saw netizens leave no stone unturned in their efforts to troll Shiv Sena and its chief Uddhav Thackerey.
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However, Ajit Pawar stunned everyone by supporting the BJP while his uncle Sharad Pawar was in talks to form a non-BJP government in Maharashtra with Congress and Sena. Netizens and political pundits have not been able to figure out the reasons behind these highly volatile political developments. However, reports say that there is a possibility of a split in the NCP - a fraction of the party broke away to form a government with the BJP.
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).— Sharad Pawar (@PawarSpeaks) November 23, 2019
We place on record that we do not support or endorse this decision of his.
Veteran of Indian politics and cabinet minister Ram Vilas Paswan took a dig at Congress, as it takes weeks to form an opinion as to whether it should go ahead with the Hindu-nationalist Shiv Sena or not to form a government in one of the country's wealthiest states, Maharashtra.
सड़क पर वही जानवर मरता है जो निर्णय नहीं लेता है कि दाएं जाएं या बाएं जाएं।— Ram Vilas Paswan (@irvpaswan) November 23, 2019
Presidential rule, which was imposed in the state earlier this month as no alliance had been finalised, was revoked this morning at 05.47 a.m. local time and the swearing-in ceremony of the state chief and his deputy was held early on Saturday.
India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi, President of the Bharatiya Janata Party Amit Shah, along with several other leaders congratulated Devendra Fadnavis and Ajit 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
In the 21 October elections in Maharashtra, the then-governing BJP-Shiv Sena alliance secured a comfortable majority, with 161 seats in the 288-member assembly. But differences over the state chief’s chair and state cabinet led to the collapse of the 15-year alliance.