Bharatiya Janata Party's (BJP) Devendra Fadnavis took oath for the second term as Maharashtra chief minister on Saturday.
Nationalist Congress Party's (NCP) Ajit Pawar was sworn-in as the deputy chief minister. Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari administered the oath at the Raj Bhavan at around 7.30 am.
Blaming the Shiv Sena for disrespecting the people's mandate in last month's Assembly polls, Fadnavis said, "People had given us a clear mandate, but Shiv Sena tried to ally with other parties after the results, after which the President's rule was imposed. Maharashtra needed a stable government, not a 'khichdi' government."
After being sworn-in as the deputy chief minister, Ajit Pawar said, "From the day the (poll) results were declared on October 24, no party was able to form the government. Maharashtra was facing many problems, including farmers' issues. So we decided to form a stable government."
The leaders were congratulated by BJP state president Chandrakant Patil and the MLAs after the swearing-in ceremony.
Till Friday night, the NCP was busy making efforts to form a government with the Shiv Sena and the Congress in the state, with Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray set to be declared chief minister. Meanwhile, NCP leader Nawab Malik alleged that Ajit Pawar misused the signatures of party MLAs, on the basis of which the new government was formed.
Security forces deployed outside NCP chief Sharad Pawar's residence Silver Oaks in Bhulabhai Desai Road.
It remains unclear if the NCP has split or all the 54 MLAs of the party have backed the BJP.
NCP chief Sharad Pawar and leader Praful Patel have released a statement saying that nephew Ajit's move was personal and not representing the party. They also removed him as yhe legislative leader of the party.
Meanwhile, celebrations have started at the BJP offices across the state. A party office in Pune is being decorated for to celebrate Fadnavis' second term as CM.
The BJP, which emerged as the single largest party, could not earlier stake claim to form a government as its ally Shiv Sena remained firm on rotating the Chief Minister's post and equal sharing of Cabinet berths.
The BJP won 105 seats in the 288-member assembly followed by Shiv Sena 56, NCP 54 and Congress 44.
After a month-long government formation drama in the state, BJP's Devendra Fadnavis took oath as chief minister with NCP's Ajit Pawar as deputy CM. Although the BJP has supported the move, it has shocked many political leaders including NCP chief Sharad Pawar, whose alliance with the Congress until Friday was set to form the government with Shiv Sena. Amidst reports of removing his nephew from NCP, Sharad Pawar cleared the air in a statement saying that the party does not support the union and it was done without the party's knowledge.
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