New Delhi | Jagran News Desk: The Congress on Saturday attacked Devendra Fadnavis and Ajit Pawar after they took oath as Chief Minister and deputy Chief Minister, saying it was a "betrayal of people's mandate".

"This is called betrayal of people's mandate and giving contract for killing democracy," Congress' spokesperson Randeep Surjewala said in a tweet tagging media reports on allegations of Ajit Pawar''s involvement in scams.

The month-long political impasse in Maharashtra ended dramatically on Saturday with the BJP''s Fadnavis returning as the chief minister, backed by the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP). NCP's Ajit Pawar was sworn-in as the deputy chief minister.

Earlier in the day, Congress’ Abhishek Singhvi expressed surprise at the political developments in the state and said that the Congress-NCP-Shiv Sena negotiations took too long as the window was grabbed by "fast movers".

"Surreal what I read about Maharashtra. Thought it was fake news. Candidly and personally speaking, our tripartite negotiations should not have gone on for more than 3 days...took too long. Window given was grabbed by fast movers. Pawarji tussi great ho," he said in a tweet.

Senior Congress leader Digvijaya Singh also slammed the BJP and called the situation as 'mockery of the constitution' adding that the saffron party did the same thing in Goa, Meghalaya and other states. 

"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," said Digvijaya Singh

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Meanwhile, senior Congress leader and Rajasth Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot also  questioned the morality of revoking the President's rule and swearing-in of the chief minister and deputy chief minister in Maharashtra. He said that both the chief minister and deputy chief minister were "guilt conscious" and raised doubt whether they would be able to deliver good governance.

"Which direction are they taking democracy to?" he said in a tweet adding that people would teach a lesson to the BJP on an appropriate time.

The surprise development comes at a time after the Congress and the NCP announced that they were joining hands with the Shiv Sena to form a goverment in Maharashtra and that the three parties had agreed upon Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray as the chief minister. 

BJP, with 105 seats forged alliance with the Nationalist Congress Party which bagged 54 seats to garner the majority figure. While the Shiv Sena bagged 56 seats while Congress won 44 seats in the 288-member Maharashtra Assembly

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