In a stunning political development, Maharashtra Governor B.S. Koshyari early on Saturday administered the oath of office to Bharatiya Janata Party leader Devendra Fadnavis as the new Chief Minister of the state and Nationalist Congress Party leader Ajit Pawar as the new Deputy Chief Minister.
The duo was sworn-in at function in Raj Bhavan held around 8 am today, with the presence of a few BJP and NCP leaders, and other government officials.
Ajit Pawar leaves from his brother Sriniwas Pawar’s residence
New Deputy CM and NCP leader Ajit Pawar was seen leaving from his brother Sriniwas Pawar’s residence, crossing Silver Oak in Mumbai, which is the residence of NCP chief Sharad Pawar
06:55 PM | Maharashtra dy CM Ajit Pawar arrives for NCP meeting at YB Chavan centre
05:30 PM | NCP MLA Dhananjay Munde returns to party office in Maharashtra
NCP MLA Dhananjay Munde, believed to have sided with BJP along with Ajit Pawar, returns to party office in Maharashtra
01:05 PM | BJP’s surgical strike on democracy: Uddhav Thackeray
Its a surgical strike on democracy. BJP is playing the same game in the entire country.
01:00 PM | NCP MLAs claim they were deceived by Ajit Pawar, were taken to Raj Bhawan without consent
NCP MLA Rajendra Shingane: “Ajit Pawar had called me to discuss something and from there I was taken with other MLAs to Raj Bhavan. Before we could understand oath ceremony was complete. I rushed to Pawar Sahab and told him I am with Sharad Pawar and NCP.”
12:56 PM | BJP meeting in Mumbai at 2:30 PM
BJP leaders will also address the media at the party’s state office in Mumbai at 2:30 PM
12:55 PM | “Ajit’s action breach of party discipline” says Sharad Pawar
Ajit Pawar’s decision is against the party line. No NCP leader or worker is in favour of an NCP-BJP government: NCP Chief Sharad Pawar.
12:45 PM | Sharad Pawar, Uddhav Thackeray addresses media in Mumbai
NCP chief Sharad Pawar said, “For govt formation, Congress-NCP, Shiv Sena leaders sat together to prepare for it. The numbers were there with these parties.Sena had 56, NCP 54, Congress 44. Total 156+ independents supporting all three. (making the count) 170.”
12:10 PM | Maharashtra govt formation a ‘Mockery of the Constitution’: Digvijaya Singh
Digvijaya Singh calls Maharashtra govt formation as ‘mockery of the constitution’. “BJP did the same in Goa, Meghalaya and other states. No MLA of the NCP will support this, Ajit Pawar has gone with them alone.”
11:10 AM | Sharad Pawar’s daughter Supriya Sule confirms “Party and family” split
Senior NCP leader and Sharad Pawar’s daughter Supriya Sule confirms split in NCP. Posts Whatsapp status as “Party and family split”
10:30 AM | Sharad Pawar, Uddhav Thackeray to hold joint presser at 12.30 PM
NCP chief Sharad Pawar and Shiv Sena president Uddhav Thackeray will address a joint press conference at 12.30 pm today. The two party leaders have so far maintained that Ajit Pawar is alone in supporting BJP, while Sharad Pawar remains true to his word.
10:10 AM | President’s Rule revoked in Maharashtra
President Ram Nath Kovind on Saturday morning revoked the Proclamation of central rule implemented in Maharashtra since November 12, after 11 days.
09:40 AM | “Ajit Pawar’s decision to support BJP is his personal decision”: Sharad Pawar
Moments after Devendra Fadnavis sworn-in as Maharashtra Chief Minister and Ajit Pawar as Deputy CM, NCP supremo claimed that Ajit Pawar’s decision to support the BJP to form the Maharashtra Government was his “personal decision and not that of the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP). ”