Maharashtra political crisis: Jayant Patil, who replaced Maharastra Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar as the Nationalist Congress Pary’s legislative party leader, on Monday harshly criticized the newly-formed the Devendra Fadnavis-led government. Patil said that the government which was formed at night after Ajit’s support will cease to be at night.
He also came down heavily on the chief minister and deputy chief minister, saying only Fadnavis and Ajit were in the government and they will divide all the portfolio among themselves, referring to the late-night meeting between the two. Earlier on last Sunday, the Supreme Court asked the Centre to present Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari’s letter inviting the saffron party to form a government. The hearing will begin today at 10:30 in the morning.
The Supreme Court hearing came a day after Fadnavis and Ajit took oath as the chief minister and the deputy chief minister respectively. The top court did not order for immediate floor test as requested by the Congress, Shiv Sena, and NCP. All the three parties have shifted their lawmakers to different hotels to avert alleged poaching attempts of the BJP.
After Ajit joined hands with the BJP, NCP chief Sharad Pawar striped junior Pawar as legislative party leader. Though Ajit has maintained that he was still in the NCP and his uncle always remains his leader. But his joining of the BJP was opposed by his uncle and the party chief.
Right from October 24, the day when Maharashtra Assembly election results were announced, the state has witnessed many twists and turns. First, the relations between the BJP and the Shiv Sena strained over the power-sharing. It was followed by Governor Koshyari’s invitation to the BJP to form the government in 48 hours. He also extended invitations to the Shiv Sena and the NCP but both were given 24 hours each.
Koshayri went ahead and recommended President’s rule in the state. After that new alliance of the Shiv Sena-Congress-NCP was formed. The trio decided to form the government with Uddhav Thackeray leading from the front.