Newly sworn-in Chief Minister of Maharashtra Devendra Fadnavis resigned today after the resignation of Deputy Chief Minister and NCP leader Ajit Pawar, reducing the BJP-led government to a minority. Pawar is said to have quit due to personal reasons. Both resignations came hours after the Supreme court ordered the floor test in Maharashtra Assembly tomorrow. Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari has asked Devendra Fadnavis to function as a care-taker Chief minister till an alternative arrangement is made.
Meanwhile, the Shiv Sena, NCP and Congress alliance has announced Sena Chief Uddhav Thackeray as their leader and Chief Ministerial candidate. The decision was announced at the tri-party meeting held in Mumbai. Soon after Devendra Fadnavis’ resignation, BJP MLA Kalidas Kolambkar took oath as the pro-tem speaker of the Legislative Assembly.
The Governor has called a special session of the Assembly tomorrow where floor test will be conducted after the pro-tem speaker administers the oath to the 288 newly-elected members. The session will begin at 8 am. Following the oath, the pro-tem speaker will call for the floor test.
The newly-elected members could not take oath even after one month since the results of the assembly polls were announced, due to political see-saw in the state. The ‘Maha Vikas Aghadi’ comprising the Shiv Sena, the NCP and the Congress, yesterday submitted a letter claiming support of 162 MLAs to the Governor.