New Delhi | Jagran News Desk: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday congratulated Devendra Fadnavis and NCP's Ajit Pawar on taking oath as Maharashtra's Chief Minister and Deputy Chief Minister respectively and exuded confidence that the new government will work for the state's bright future. 

"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.

Union Home Minister and BJP President Amit Shah also congratulated Fadnavis and Pawar on taking the oath as CM and Deputy CM and expressed his confidence that they will work for the development of the state.

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"Congratulations to Devendra Fadnavis ji and Ajit Pawar ji on taking oath as the CM and Deputy CM of Maharashtra respectively. I am confident that this government will continue working for the growth and development," he said in a tweet in Hindi on Saturday.

In a big twist, Devendra Fadnavis and NCP's Ajit Pawar took oath as Chief Minister and Deputy Chief Minister of the state on Saturday morning. The oath was administered by Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari at Raj Bhavan.

This comes at a time when the deliberations between Congress, NCP and Shiv Sena seemingly reached the final stage on Friday. Earlier, NCP supremo Sharad Pawar had claimed that there was a consensus on Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray as chief minister of the alliance government.

After taking the oath as CM, Fadnavis took a jibe at the Congress and the Shiv Sena and said that the state needed a a stable government, not a 'khichdi government.'

"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' government," he said.

Meanwhile, NCP's Ajit Pawar -- who was sworn-in as Deputy CM -- said that no party was able to form government, following which, they (NCP and BJP) decided to form a stable government. 

"From result day to this day no party was able to form Government, Maharashtra was facing many problems including farmer issues, so we decided to form a stable government," he said. 

The BJP won 105 seats in the 288-member assembly followed by Shiv Sena 56, NCP 54 and Congress 44.

Posted By: Aalok Sensharma