Maha: High-drama unfolds, BJP-NCP shake hands

Mumbai: Bharatiya Janata Party’s Devendra Fadnavis took oath as the 19th Chief Minister of Maharashtra in the pre-dawn of Saturday morning and Nationalist Congress Party’s Ajit Pawar as his Deputy, hours after NCP chief Sharad Pawar indicated that a consensus has been evolved on Shiv Sena president Uddhav Thackeray for the top post.
In the October 21 elections, BJP garnered 105 seats in the 288-member Assembly, Shiv Sena 56, NCP 54 and 44 went to the Indian National Congress. Support of 145 MLAs is required to prove majority in the House .
Governor Bhagat Singh Koshiyari set a November 30 deadline for the NCP-BJP government to prove its majority in the Vidhan Sabha.
Action shifted to the Supreme Court.
Shiv Sena and Congress challenged Governor Koshyari’s installation of a minority BJP government and sought that the floor test be held within 24 hours to thwart horse-trading in the state.
Amid a fusillade of charges, BJP MLA Girish Mahajan affirmed that Mr Ajit Pawar has submitted a letter to the Governor in which all the 54 NCP MLAs confirmed their support for the alliance.
BJP and Shiv Sena had contested the polls in alliance while INC and Nationalist Congress Party had entered the fray together.
President`s Rule in the state was lifted.
NCP supremo Sharad Pawar said that his nephew’s decision to support the BJP to form the Maharashtra government is not that of the Nationalist Congress Party.
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