Mumbai | Jagran News Desk: The Congress on Saturday rued over the swearing-in ceremony of Devendra Fadnavis as the Maharashtra Chief Minister and called it a 'black spot' in the history of state. Addressing a press conference, senior Congress leader Ahmed Patel said that nothing can be more "shameful than this" adding that the party will fight this on both fronts -- political and legal.

"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," he said while addressing a press conference with Mallikarjun Kharge.

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Patel further went on to say that the oath taking ceremony was done in complete secrecy and the party condemn the BJP's act adding that the Congress -- along with NCP and Shiv Sena -- is ready to form government and trio are not delaying anything.

"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," he said.

Patel further added that the Congress will fight it on legal and political front. "We will fight this on both fronts, political and legal," he said. 

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The two Congress leaders addressed the media immediately after Sharad Pawar and Uddhav Thackeray's joint press conference. At the press conference with Thackeray, NCP chief Sharad Pawar criticised Ajit Pawar's action and said that the party does endorse his ideas. 

"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. All the MLAs who are going must know that there is an anti-defection law and the possibility of them losing their assembly membership is high," he said. 

Earlier in the day, Devendra Fadnavis and Ajit Pawar took the oath as the Chief Minister and Deputy Chief Minister of the state. The oath was administerated by Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari in presence of few BJP and NCP leaders.  

Posted By: Aalok Sensharma