New Delhi | Jagran News Desk: Giving a shocking end to the impasse over government formation in Maharashtra, BJP's Devendra Fadnavis took oath as the Chief Minister of Maharashtra today morning, after NCP gave support to the saffron party to stake claim to form the government in the state. NCP's Ajit Pawar was also sworn in as the Deputy Chief Minister of the state. 

Reacting to NCP's Ajit Pawar's decision to support the BJP, Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Raut on Saturday lashed out on Ajit Pawar for backstabbing the three parties who are holding talks to form the government in the state. Sanjay Raut said, "Sharad Pawar saheb has nothing to do with this, Ajit Pawar has backstabbed the people of Maharashtra." 

He asserted that Ajit Pawar was active in the negotiations between Shiv Sena, NCP and Congress over the government formation yesterday.

"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", (Till 9 pm yesterday, this gentleman (Ajit Pawar) was very active during the talks. Suddenly he disappeared after that. We were suspicious when he was not talking to us by maintaining eye to eye contact), he added.  

Continuing his tirade against Ajit Pawar, the Shiv Sena leader said, "Uddhav Thackeray ji and Sharad Pawar ji are in touch and will also meet today. They might also address the media together. But the fact is that Ajit Pawar and the MLAs supporting him have insulted Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj and Maharashtra. People of Maharashtra will not forgive Ajit Pawar."

While BJP's Devendra Fadnavis took oath as the Chief Minister for the second consecutive term, Ajit Pawar took oath as Deputy Chief Minister of the state. Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari had administered the oath to both the leaders at Raj Bhawan.

The move came at a time when deliberations between Congress, NCP, and Shiv Sena on government formation seemingly reached the final stage on Friday.

NCP chief Sharad Pawar clarified that the decision of joining hands with BJP to form the government is of his nephew Ajit Pawar.

"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.


(With ANI Inputs)

Posted By: Talib Khan