Mumbai | Jagran News Desk: Shiv Sena-NCP-Congress combine's chief ministerial nominee Uddhav Thackeray on Tuesday night met Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari and staked claim to form government in Maharashtra. Thackeray was accompanied by legislature party leaders of the three parties.
Leaders of the Shiv Sena, the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) and the Congress tonight met Maharashtra Governor BS Koshyari and staked claim to form the government in the state.
The move came after the Shiv Sena-NCP-Congress combine on Tuesday evening picked Shiv Sena president Uddhav Thackeray as their nominee for Maharashtra chief minister's post, hours after four-day-old BJP government led by Devendra Fadnavis and supported by NCP's Ajit Pawar collapsed.
Thackeray will be the first member of his family to occupy the top political post in the state. The decision was taken at a joint meeting of the three parties at the Trident Hotel. A resolution proposing Uddhav Thackeray's name as the CM candidate and leader of 'Maha Vikas Aghadi' was passed unanimously by all MLAs.
Thackeray will be sworn in as the chief minister on Sunday, December 1, said NCP chief Sharad Pawar after the meeting.
Addressing the legislators of the three parties, Thackeray thanked Congress president Sonia Gandhi and said that he had never dreamt of becoming the chief minister.
"I had never dreamed of leading the state. I would like to thank Sonia Gandhi and others. We are giving a new direction to country by keeping faith on each other. We will make this Maharashtra once again that Maharashtra which Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj dreamt of," said the Sena chief.
"I accept the responsibility given by all of you. I'm not alone but you all are CM with me. What has happened today is the actual democracy. Together we will wipe off the tears of farmers in the state," he added.
Responding to the allegations levelled by BJP leader Devendra Fadnavis earlier in the day, Thackeray said: "I'm ready to answer all questions raised by Devendra Fadnavis. I am not scared of anything. Lies are not part of Hindutva. When needed you hug us and when not needed you leave us. You tried to keep us away."
Three days after he was sworn in, Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis on Tuesday announced his resignation, saying the BJP no longer has majority after his deputy, NCP's Ajit Pawar, quit citing "personal reasons".
Fadnavis made the announcement a day ahead of the floor test his government was supposed to face on Wednesday as per the Supreme Court's directions.
Holding a press conference, Fadnavis accused the former ally Shiv Sena of being desperate for the chief minister's post and surrendering its "Hindutva" at the feet of Congress president Sonia Gandhi only to keep the BJP out of power.
Those accusing the BJP of indulging in horse-trading have themselves purchased an "entire stable", Fadnavis said, hitting out at the Shiv Sena which is seeking to form government with the help of the Congress and NCP.
The BJP leader also questioned the sustainability of the government which the three parties with varying ideologies are planning to form.
The Sena-NCP-Congress government would be like an auto-rickshaw with its three wheels running in different directions, he said, predicting that it would topple over.
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