"Throughout the election campaign, Devendra Fadnavis' name was projected as the Maharashtra Chief Minister. Support base of and the prospect of Devendra Fadnavis becoming CM, played a crucial role in success of Shiv Sena candidates," said BJP minister Ravi Shankar Prasad, as he began addressing the media on Saturday.
Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad: Throughout the election campaign, Devendra Fadnavis' name was projected as the Maharashtra Chief Minister. Support base of BJP & the prospect of Devendra Fadnavis becoming CM, played a crucial role in success of Shiv Sena candidates. pic.twitter.com/WDoVJoHap5— ANI (@ANI) November 23, 2019
Congress leader Ahmed Patel also addressed a press conference on Saturday. "'Clandestine' swearing-in of Devendra Fadnavis black day in Maharashtra's history. Democracy has been shattered. They have crossed limits of shamelessness," he said while attacking the BJP.
Uddhav said this is a clear disrespect towards the Constitution and Maharashtra people's mandate. Meanwhile, Sharad Pawar said that BJP lacks numbers to form government and they want a government under Shiv Sena's leadership. "We are together," Pawar said.
Union Minister and Republican Party of India (A) chief Ramdas Athawale on Saturday said that when Prime Minister Narendra Modi met Nationalist Congress Party's chief, he may have spoken to Sharad Pawar about Shiv Sena quitting NDA and NCP should join the ruling party. "Pawar and PM Modi talked about farmers. In the meeting, Modi ji would have told Pawar that his party NCP is important for NDA. Shiv Sena is quitting NDA so a big party should join the ruling alliance. That's why PM Modi would have talked with Sharad Pawar," he said while referring to the meeting between PM Modi and Sharad Pawar on November 20, reported ANI.
Congratulating Devendra Fadnavis on becoming the chief minister of Maharashtra once again, Union minister Prakash Javadekar on Saturday said the Shiv Sena betrayed the people of the state by deciding to go with the Congress, which was "synonymous with corruption". He also said that despite the Congress being against the construction of a Ram temple in Ayodhya, the Sena decided to join hands with it, reported PTI.
"This is a surgical strike on Maharashtra and people will avenge it. Earlier, there was an EVM play going on and now this is a new play. From here on, I don't think elections are even needed. Everyone knows what Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj did when betrayed and attacked from the back," said Uddhav Thackeray on Fadnavis being sworn-in as chief minister.
"Today, a new NCP legislative party leader will be elected here at 4 pm. He said action against Ajit Pawar will be taken according to procedure," said Sharad Pawar, while addressing a joint press conference on Saturday.
"I'm sure Governor has given them time to prove majority but they won't be able prove it. After that our three parties will form the government as we had decided earlier. Parties had their MLAs list signed by all MLAs, a similar list of NCP was with Ajit Pawar, as he is CLP of NCP. I assume that he has submitted the same list. I am not sure about this but I suspect that this may be the case. We will discuss with Governor" said Sharad Pawar.
"Ajit Pawar had called me to discuss something and from there I was taken with other MLAs to Raj Bhavan. Before we could understand, the oath ceremony was complete. I rushed to Pawar Sahab and told him I am with Sharad Pawar and NCP," said NCP MLA Rajendra Shingane.
All the MLAs who are going must know that there is an anti-defection law and the possibility of them losing their assembly membership is high: Sharad Pawar at press conference.
NCP Chief Sharad Pawar said that Ajit Pawar's decision is against the party line and is indiscipline. "No NCP leader or worker is in favour of an NCP-BJP government"
NCP Chief Sharad Pawar: Ajit Pawar's decision is against the party line and is indiscipline . No NCP leader or worker is in favour of an NCP-BJP government pic.twitter.com/1AiEL4IUfC— ANI (@ANI) November 23, 2019
Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) chief Sharad Pawar on Saturday clarified that the decision of going with BJP to form the government in Maharashtra is of his nephew Ajit Pawar, who took as Deputy Chief Minister today. "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 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).— Sharad Pawar (@PawarSpeaks) November 23, 2019
We place on record that we do not support or endorse this decision of his.
Amit Shah said the new government is committed to ensuring the development and welfare of the state and congratulated Devendra Fandavis and Ajit Pawar.
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Meanwhile, the Congress called an urgent meeting at the party office in Mumbai. Senior party leaders Mallikarjun Kharge and KC Venugopal will be present.
Chandrakant Patil, Maharashtra BJP President said the Voters had voted for BJP-Shiv Sena alliance. "We got 161 MLAs, but Shiv Sena betrayed the mandate. Since the first press conference they had started talking about alternatives. Sanjay Raut should now keep silent. He has ruined Shiv Sena."
Chandrakant Patil with party workers.
Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut said that Uddhav Thackeray and Sharad Pawar are in touch and will meet today. They will address the media together at 12.30pm.
#WATCH Mumbai: Nationalist Congress Party's Supriya Sule receives Shiv Sena's Uddhav Thackeray and Aditya Thackeray outside YB Chavan Centre, where Congress-NCP-Shiv Sena will address the media shortly. pic.twitter.com/Y2ZaUClDic— ANI (@ANI) November 23, 2019
Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut on Saturday said that Nationalist Congress Party's (NCP) Ajit Pawar had stabbed Sena in the back and backstabbed the people of Maharashtra by joining hands with the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). "Ajit Pawar has stabbed Shiv Sena in the back. Joining hands with the BJP to form the government is betrayal. Ajit Pawar's decision does not have the approval of NCP chief Sharad Pawar," Raut told PTI. Read more
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday congratulated Devendra Fadnavis and Ajit Pawar for taking oath as chief minister and deputy chief minister of Maharashtra respectively. In a tweet, he expressed confidence that the two will work for Maharashtra's development.
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
Deputy chief minister Ajit Pawar said that from the result day to this day, no party was able to form the government. "Maharashtra was facing many problems including farmer issues, so we decided to form a stable government."
NCP's Ajit Pawar takes oath as Deputy CM,oath was administered by Maharashtra Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari at Raj Bhawan pic.twitter.com/e1wVtiGZJX— ANI (@ANI) November 23, 2019
Devendra Fadnavis took oath as Maharashtra Chief Minister again on Saturday. The oath was administered by Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari at Raj Bhawan. Nationalist Congress Party's (NCP) Ajit Pawar was sworn in as the deputy CM. "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," Fadnavis told ANI after taking oath as Maharashtra CM again. Read more
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