Uddhav to Take Oath as CM, NCP Gets Deputy CM, Speaker from Cong

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Maharashtra CM-candidate Uddhav Thackeray on Wednesday, 27 November invited PM Modi for his oath-taking ceremony over a phone call, their first conversation after the Sena broke alliance with the BJP and parted ways with the NDA.

Earlier, NCP leaders Praful Patel announced that the Speaker of the Maharashtra Assembly will be from Congress and the Deputy CM of the state will be from NCP.

Maharashtra Congress Chief Balasaheb Thorat, on Wednesday, said that the sharing of portfolios within the alliance partners will be decided over the next couple of days.

Uddhav Thackeray will be sworn in as the CM on Thursday.

Snapshot
    • Kalidas Kolambkar, who has been appointed as the pro tem speaker administered the MLAs’ oath
    • BJP’s Devendra Fadnavis earlier submitted his resignation from the post of Maharashtra CM to Governor Koshyari
    • Fadnavis’ resignation came hours after Ajit Pawar withdrew support following the SC order to conduct floor test by Wednesday
8:05 AM , 25 Nov

What Has Happened So Far

In an unprecedented special hearing on Sunday, a Supreme Court Bench rejected the plea by the 3-party combine to direct the Devendra Fadnavis government to undertake the floor test within 24 hours, saying this issue would be dealt with only after perusing the two letters.

The apex court said the plea of the post-poll alliance, 'Maha Vikas Aghadi', seeking a direction to the Governor to invite them to form government under the leadership of Shiv Sena supremo Uddhav Thackeray would not be considered for the present.

Fadnavis and Ajit Pawar were sworn in by Koshyari at 8 am on Saturday, 23 November, in Raj Bhavan in Mumbai after dramatic midnight developments, leading to the lifting of President’s rule.

The BJP was propped up by NCP's Ajit Pawar who revolted against his party headed by his uncle Sharad Pawar. The junior Pawar was made the deputy chief minister.

The top court also issued notices to the Centre, Maharashtra government, Fadnavis and Ajit Pawar on the petition filed on Saturday night by the Shiv Sena-Nationalist Congress Party(NCP)-Congress combine against the Governor's decision to swear in the BJP leader as the chief minister.

8:05 AM , 25 Nov

Ajit Pawar Meets Fadnavis; CMO Says They Discussed Farmers' Issues

After remaining ensconced in his south Mumbai residence throughout Sunday, 24 November, NCP leader and newly anointed Deputy CM Ajit Pawar met Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis late night and held closed-door discussions.

In a statement late on Sunday, the Maharashtra CMO said the Fadnavis and Ajit Pawar discussed farmers’ distress in the state.

Senior BJP leaders Chandrakant Patil, Vinod Tawade and Girish Mahajan attended the meeting held at the official residence of the chief minister, the party sources said.

8:52 AM , 25 Nov

Two 'Missing' NCP MLAs Return to Mumbai

Two out of the four NCP MLAs – Anil Patil and Daulat Daroda who were reportedly missing, have now arrived in Mumbai. The MLAs were staying in a hotel in Haryana's Gurugram, reported ANI.

9:11 AM , 25 Nov

NCP's Bhujbal Reaches Ajit Pawar's Residence

NCP leader Chhagan Bhujbal reaches Maharashtra Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar's residence “to talk to him.”

Meanwhile, NCP leader Nawab Malik said that Ajit Pawar must resgin from the party.

“We have support of 165 MLAs and 53 NCP MLAs are with us. Ajit Pawar has done a mistake, he should resign.”
Nawab Malik, NCP Leader

Published: 25 Nov 2019, 8:35 AM IST
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