Mumbai | Jagran News Desk: In a big twist, BJP leader Devendra Fadnavis on Saturday morning took oath as the Chief Minister of Maharashtra for a second term while NCP's Ajit Pawar became his deputy. The oath was administered by Maharashtra Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari at Raj Bhawan.
The surprise development comes a day after the Congress-NCP combine announced that it was joining hands with the Shiv Sena to form an alternative goverment in Maharashtra and that the three parties had agreed upon Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray as the chief minister.
Here are the highlights on Maharashtra Government Formation:
21:43 pm: Supreme Court to hear on tomorrow at 11.30 am the joint plea of Shiv Sena, Nationalist Congress Party and Indian National Congress against the decision of Maharashtra Governor inviting Devendra Fadnavis to form the government on November 23.
21:14 pm: Senior Advocate Devadutt Kamat for Congress-NCP-Shiv Sena: In our petition, we requested SC for an urgent direction for a Floor Test to be held tomorrow itself. We are hopeful the Supreme Court will hear us. Our petition has been numbered.
20:30 pm: "Our people are there. Registry is open now. They will decide on the urgency of the case. Petition on behalf of three parties have been filed , SC Registry is processing it for further action,” senior advocate Devadutt Kamat for the three parties said.
20:15 pm: Shiv Sena, Nationalist Congress Party and Indian National Congress have filed a joint petition in the Supreme Court against the decision of Maharashtra Governor inviting Devendra Fadnavis to form the government on November 23, seeking urgent hearing tonight itself.
20:10 pm: NCP leader Jayant Patil replaces Ajit Pawar as NCP legislative party leader.
20:00 pm: Ajit Pawar removed as NCP legislative party leader.
19:56 pm: Total 50 MLAs are present in the meeting with NCP Chief Sharad Pawar at YB Chavan Centre in Mumbai. 4 NCP MLAs including Ajit Pawar yet to come for the meeting. They are expected to come for the meeting shortly. All MLAs will be kept at a hotel in Mumbai, reports ANI
19:28 pm: Shiv Sena leaders Milind Narvekar and Eknath Shinde brought with them 2 NCP MLAs Sanjay Bansod and Babasaheb Patil at YB Chavan Center from the Mumbai airport. The two NCP MLAs are said to be with NCP leader Ajit Pawar.
18:59 pm: 42 NCP MLAs are present in the meeting with NCP Chief Sharad Pawar, at YB Chavan Centre in Mumbai; Visuals from outside YB Chavan Centre
18:58 pm: When a Governor is satisfied that parties have numbers to form govt,then only he invites them.Let's see what happens in floor test but I believe that they must have had required numbers,that's why they were invited: Rajnath Singh
18:41 pm: Shiv Sena has filed a writ petition in the Supreme Court against Devendra Fadnavis and Ajit Pawar taking oath as CM and Deputy CM of Maharashtra respectively
18:23 pm: Delhi: Union Minister and BJP leader Prakash Javadekar shows victory sign on being asked about Maharashtra government formation
18:22 pm: Shiv Sena Chief Uddhav Thackeray leaves from Lalit Hotel after meeting with Shiv Sena MLAs
18:10 pm: NCP workers in Thane protest against Ajit Pawar, throw footwear at his portrait, accuse him of 'betrayal', reported PTI
18:04 pm: In the recently concluded assembly polls in Maharashtra, the BJP won 105 seats while the NCP won 54. The Congress and the Shiv Sena won 44 and 56 seats respectively.
17:31 pm: Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) leader Dhananjay Munde arrives at YV Chavan Centre for NCP meeting.
17:30 pm: BJP has support of 170 MLAs in 288-member House, claims party leader Sudhir Mungantiwar
17:29 pm: Maharashtra government formation 'undemocratic', people's mandate 'disrespected': AAP
17:19 pm: I am with Sharad Pawar Ji. We all are together: NCP MLA Atul Benke
17:15 pm: Ab to lagta hai ki, 'jiska Governor uski Sarkar': Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav
16:58 pm: "My faith is on Sharad Pawar, I am with NCP only. I went to Raj Bhavan when Ajit Pawar asked me to go with him," says NCP MLA Diliprao Bankar
16:49 pm: Maharashtra Deputy CM Ajit Pawar is holding a meeting with NCP MP Sunil Tatkare and NCP MLAs Dilip Walse Patil and Hasan Mushrif at his brother Sriniwas Pawar's residence; Security has been heightened outside the residence of Sriniwas Pawar, reports ANI
16:30 pm: Mumbai: Maharashtra CM Devendra Fadnavis greets party workers gathered outside state BJP office.
16:24 pm: Maharashtra CM Devendra Fadnavis arrives at state BJP office, says 'will provide a stable government. Modi hai toh mumkin hai!!'
16:07 pm: Opportunist Ajit Pawar was threatened by the BJP and this is how they robbed a state. The plan was to send Ajit Pawar to Arthur Road Jail but he has not been sent to the Cabinet. Modi hai to mumkin hai: Congress' Randeep Surjewala
16:06 pm: Why has the governor not spelt out by when the Fadnavis government has to prove majority?: Congress' Randeep Surjewala
16:05 pm: Congress spokesperson Surjewala poses 10 questions to BJP on the Maharashtra situation
16:05 pm: The governor acted not as a keeper of the Constitution, but as a 'hitman' for Amit Shah: Congress' Randeep Surjewala
16:04 pm: Ajit Pawar blackmailed into supporting BJP by 'threatening with jail term': Congress' Randeep Surjewala
16:04 pm: Congress briefs media in Delhi
15:27 pm: Congress is planning to move its MLAs out of Maharashtra. They will be moved to a Congress ruled state, ANI quoted sources as saying.
15:24 pm: BJP will prove majority on floor of the house in Maharashtra assembly. All constitutional formalities have been followed in government formation in Maharashtra: Ravi Shankar Prasad
15:19 pm: If they (NCP-Cong-Shiv Sena) had the mandate why couldn't they for the government? NCP-Congress-Shiv Sena conspired to control Mumbai through backdoor: Ravi Shankar Prasad
15:19 pm: Those trading ideology for power can't invoke Shivaji: Ravi Shankar Prasad
15:17 pm: I don’t want to say anything about those who couldn’t stay true to Balasaheb’s ideals? Their opposition to Congress was well-known. Those who dump their entire legacy, are teaching us. Those who are willing to compromise for power, shouldn’t talk about Shivaji: Ravi Shankar Prasad
15:15 pm: Did the NCP-Shiv Sena-Cong send any proposal before the governor to form the government?: Ravi Shankar Prasad
15:14 pm: People are saying that it's murder of democracy. Meaning that when the Shiv Sena is motivated by selfishness, breaking its 30-year-old friendship and joining the NCP and Congress, which are fiercely opposed to their ideology, then it is not a murder of democracy: Ravi Shankar Prasad
15:13 pm: This alliance will give a stable government in Maharashtra: Ravi Shankar Prasad
15:10 pm: In the entire election, Fadnavis was the CM face. BJP’s votes helped Shiv Sena win to a large extent. When the alliance won a clear majority, it was the Fadnavis-led BJP’s moral and electoral win: Ravi Shankar Prasad
15:09 pm: There was no corruption during the 5 years of Fadnavis regime and look at what is happening in Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh: Ravi Shankar Prasad
15:05 pm: BJP leader Ravi Shankar Prasad addresses media on Maharashtra
14:45 pm: Union Minister & BJP leader, Nitin Gadkari on Maharashtra Govt Formation | I had earlier said anything can happen in cricket and politics, now you can understand what I meant.
14:29 pm: "Ajit Pawar has been blackmailed. We know who has done it, who are behind it, how it was done. We shall expose everything over the next few days in the 'Saamana'. They should watch out," Sanjay Raut
13:52 pm: We will fight this on both fronts, political and legal: Congress' Ahmed Patel
13:51 pm: All the three (Congress-NCP-Shiv Sena) parties are together in this and I am confident we will defeat BJP in the trust vote. All Congress MLAs are present here except two who are right now in their village, but they too are with us: Congress' Ahmed Patel
13:49 pm: Oath taking ceremony was in complete secrecy. We condemn BJP's act. We were ready to form government, we were not delaying anything: Congress' Ahmed Patel
13:47 pm: Today was a black spot in the history of Maharashtra. Everything was done in a hushed manner and early morning. Something is wrong somewhere. Nothing can be more shameful than this: Congress' Ahmed Patel
13:46 pm: Congress leaders Ahmed Patel, and Mallikarjun Kharge address press conference on Maharashtra
13:44 pm: We are in touch with Dhananjay Munde and there is a possibility of even Ajit Pawar coming back. Ajit has been blackmailed, it will be exposed who is behind this, in Saamna newspaper soon: Sanjay Raut
13:44 pm: Of the 8 MLAs who had gone with Ajit Pawar, 5 of them have come back. They were lied to, put in a car, and sort of kidnapped: Sharad Pawar
13:18 pm: Let them try and break Shiv Sena MLAs , Maharashtra will not stay asleep: Uddhav Thackeray
13:18 pm: Two more NCP MLAs Sandip Kshirsagar and Sunil Bhusara also allege that they were unknowingly taken to the oath ceremony and that now they have come back and expressed support to Sharad Pawar.
13:14 pm: I don't know if he (Ajit Pawar) has done this fearing investigating agencies or not. As per my source, 10-11 MLAs were there in Raj Bhavan and out of those, 3 are already here sitting with me: Sharad Pawar
13:09 pm: This is surgical strike on Maharashtra and people will avenge it. BJP's game must be exposed: Uddhav Thackeray
13:05 pm: Action against Ajit Pawar will be taken as per the procedure: Sharad Pawar
13:05 pm: Earlier EVM khel was going on and now this is new khel. From here onwards, I don't think elections are even needed. Everyone knows what Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj did when betrayed and attacked from the back: Uddhav Thackeray
13:02 pm: Today, a new NCP legislative party leader will be elected here at 4 pm: Sharad Pawar
13:01 pm: 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: Sharad Pawar
13:01 pm: 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: Sharad Pawar
12:56 pm: Ajit Pawar had called me to discuss something and from there I was taken with other MLAs to Raj Bhavan. Before we could understand oath ceremony was complete. I rushed to Pawar Sahab and told him I am with Sharad Pawar and NCP: NCP MLA Rajendra Shingane
12:52 pm: All the MLAs who are going must know that there is an anti-detection law and the possibility of them losing their assembly membership is high: Sharad Pawar
12:50 pm: 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: Sharad Pawar
12:48 pm: Congress, Shiv Sena and NCP leaders came together to form Government. We had the numbers. We had our official numbers- 44, 56 and 54 MLAs with us who had supported the government. Several independent were also with us and we had numbers around 170: Sharad Pawar
12:46 pm: NCP-Shiv Sena-Congress came together to form government: Sharad Pawar
12:45 pm: All three parties agreed come together: Sharad Pawar
12:43 pm: Shiv Sen-NCP joint press conference begins
12:41 pm: Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) to address the media at party's state office in Mumbai at 2.30 pm today.
12:32 pm: Amruta Fadnavis on Saturday congratulated her husband Devendra Fadnavis and NCP leader Ajit Pawar on taking oath as the new Maharashtra Chief Minister and Deputy Chief Minister respectively. "Congratulations Shri Devendra Fadnavis and Shri Ajit Pawar! You have done it!" she tweeted.
12:29 pm: "I congratulate Devendra Fadnavis for becoming Maharashtra Chief Minister again. The mandate was given to BJP. Shiv Sena was a part of our alliance and also got votes because of us. But they betrayed the people's mandate. In the last 15 days, they were ready to forge an alliance with Congress, a party that spread malice against Savarkar, brought Emergency and looted the country," says Union Minister Prakash Javadekar
12:09 pm: Slogans raised in support of Sharad Pawar and against Ajit Pawar by a group of NCP workers outside YB Chavan Centre where Congress-NCP-Shiv Sena will address the media shortly.
12:05 pm: "Shiv Sena's culture in Maharashtra is same as RJD's in Bihar. Like there are ruffians & goons in RJD, it is the same in Shiv Sena. No government can run for long with a party like Shiv Sena, people in Nationalist Congress Party knew this," says Bihar Deputy CM Sushil Modi
11:51 am: "This is making a mockery of the constitution, BJP did the same in Goa, Meghalaya and other states. No MLA of the NCP will support this, Ajit Pawar has gone with them alone," says Congress' Digvijaya Singh
11:50 am: Mumbai: Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) Chief Sharad Pawar, Congress leaders Mallikarjun Kharge & Ahmed Patel arrive for the Congress-NCP-Shiv Sena joint Press Conference at the YB Chavan Centre.
11:24 am: "People would be thinking I will be happy by today's developments, but I am actually very sad. Congress has been unnecessarily defamed in this and thinking of alliance with Shiv Sena was a mistake. I appeal to Sonia ji to at first dissolve Congress Working Committee," says Congress' Sanjay Nirupam
11:09 am: "We had taken signatures from MLAs for attendance, it was misused as a basis for the oath," says NCP's Nawab Malik
11:09 am: Sharad Pawar has called a meeting of all NCP MLAs at 4.30 pm today, reports ANI
11:08 am: Supriya Sule, Senior NCP leader and daughter of Sharad Pawar's latest Whatsapp status, her office confirms statement as well
10:46 am: "I congratulate the people of Maharashtra, a stable government under the leadership of Devendra Fadnavis ji has been formed. It is a sign of a mature democracy," says BJP working president JP Nadda
10:42 am: Nitin Gadkari congratulates Devendra Fadnavis, Ajit Pawar on taking oath as Chief Minister and Deputy CM of the state. In a tweet, Gadkari said under the leadership of Fadnavis and Pawar, the "chariot of Maharashtra's development" will move ahead rapidly.
10:32 am: An urgent meeting has been called by Congress at party office in Mumbai. Senior party leaders Mallikarjun Kharge and KC Venugopal to be present.
10:29 am: "Verbal diarrhoea will be the right phrase to use for him. Even many Shiv Sena MLAs are frustrated with him and they may also think of going with us," says BJP's Girish Mahajan
10:17 am: NCP Chief Sharad Pawar and Shiv Sena Chief Uddhav Thackeray to address the media at 12.30 pm today
10:07 am: "We will prove our majority with support of over 170 MLAs. Ajit Pawar has given a letter to Governor about support of his MLAs and as he is legislative party leader of NCP, which means all NCP MLAs have supported us," says BJP's Girish Mahajan
10:02 am: "Sanjay Raut should now at least keep silent. He has ruined Shiv Sena," says Maharashtra BJP President Chandrakant Patil
10:01 am: "Voters had voted for BJP-Shiv Sena alliance and we got 161 MLAs, but Shiv Sena betrayed the mandate. Since the first press conference they had started talking about alternatives," says Maharashtra BJP President Chandrakant Patil
9:47 am: "Uddhav Thackeray ji and Sharad Pawar ji are in touch and will meet also today, they might also address the media together. But fact is that Ajit Pawar and the MLAs supporting him have insulted Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj and Maharashtra," says Sanjay Raut
9:44 am: "Kal 9 baje tak ye mahashaye(Ajit Pawar) hamare saath baithe the, achanak se ghayab ho gaye baad mein, vo nazar se nazar mila kar baat nahi kar rahe the, us se hume shaq bhi hua tha," says Sanjay Raut
9:43 am: "Sharad Pawar saheb has nothing to do with this, Ajit Pawar has backstabbed the people of Maharashtra," Shiv Sena's Sanjay Raut
9:33 am: "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," ANI quoted NCP chief Sharad Pawar as saying.
9:32 am: Nagpur: Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) workers celebrate after Devendra Fadnavis takes oath as Maharashtra Chief Minister, again.
9:31 am: "This is not NCP's decision and does not have Sharad Pawar saheb's support," NCP leader Praful Patel
9:15 am: The notification revoking President's rule in Maharashtra
9:14 am: "Surreal what I read about Maharashtra. Thought it was fake news. Candidly and personally speaking, our tripartite negotiations shd not have gone on for more than three days...took too long. Window given was grabbed by fast movers. Pawar ji tussi geart ho! Amazing if true, still not sure," said Congress' Abhishek Singhvi
9:13 am: BJP-NCP govt in Maharashtra takes charge after President's Rule revoked at 5.47 am on Saturday: Notification.
9:10 am: "I Congratulate Devendra Fadnavis Ji and Ajit Pawar Ji on taking oath as the CM and Deputy CM of Maharashtra respectively. I am sure that under the guidance of Honourable PM Narendra Modi Ji, BJP-NCP Government will take Maharashtra to newer heights," said BJP working president JP Nadda in a tweet
8:50 am: Ajit Pawar is the leader of Parliamentary board of NCP and no decision of NCP is taken without Sharad Pawar’s assent, ANI quoted sources as saying.
8:46 am: NCP Chief Sharad Pawar was part of discussions for Devendra Fadnavis led Maharashtra Govt formation, he had given his assent to Ajit Pawar, ANI quoted sources as saying.
8:42 am: BJP President and Union Home Minister, Amit Shah congratulates Devendra Fadnavis and Ajit Pawar on taking oath as Maharashtra Chief Minister and Deputy CM.
8:37 am: I would like to express my gratitude to NCP's Ajit Pawar ji, he took this decision to give a stable government to Maharashtra and come together with BJP. Some other leaders also came with us and we staked claim to form government: Devendra Fadnavis
8:34 am: Earlier, NCP supremo Sharad Pawar had claimed that there was a consensus on Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray as chief minister of the alliance government.
8:32 am: The move came at a time when deliberations between Congress, NCP and Shiv Sena seemingly reached the final stage on Friday.
8:20 am: "Congratulations to Devendra Fadnavis ji and Ajit Pawar 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," said PM Modi in a tweet on Saturday morning.
8:19 am: 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: Devendra Fadnavis
8:16 am: From result day to this day no party was able to form Govt, Maharashtra was facing many problems including farmer issues, so we decided to form a stable Govt: Ajit Pawar
8:12 am: Devendra Fadnavis took oath as Maharashtra Chief Minister again,NCP's Ajit Pawar took oath as Deputy CM,oath was administered by Maharashtra Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari at Raj Bhawan.
8:10 am: NCP's Ajit Pawar takes oath as Deputy CM,oath was administered by Maharashtra Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari at Raj Bhawan
8:09 am: Devendra Fadnavis takes oath as Maharashtra Chief Minister again, oath administered by Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari at Raj Bhawan
8:00 am: Devendra Fadnavis to take oath as Maharashtra Chief Minister again, NCP's Ajit Pawar to take oath as Deputy CM, reports ANI
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