Mumbai/Aurangabad, Nov 23 (PTI) A year after the
unprecedented installation of the short-lived BJP-Ajit Pawar
government in Maharashtra, former chief minister Devendra
Fadnavis on Monday dismissed it as an incident “not worth
remembering”, while the Shiv Sena hit out at its former ally
over the “dark” episode.
On this day last year, BJP leader Devendra Fadnavis
and NCPs Ajit Pawar sent shock waves in the state”s political
circles after they took oath at dawn as chief minister and
deputy chief minister, respectively, at Raj Bhavan.
However, the BJP-Ajit Pawar government proved to be
short-lived with the NCP leader tendering his resignation just
80 hours after its formation, paving the way for the Shiv Sena
-led MVA administration to assume office a few days later.
Fadnavis, talking to reporters in Aurangabad, sought
to downplay the entire episode and went on to add that if the
Uddhav Thackeray-led Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) government falls,
the oath ceremony of the dispensation that would replace it
would not take place at dawn as was the case a year ago.
“If the present government in the state collapses, the
oath ceremony will not take place at dawn. But such incidents
need not be remembered,” the former CM said.
In Mumbai, the Shiv Sena blasted the BJP over the
That dawn will never break again in Maharashtra and
the MVA will retain power after the next Assembly election
too, Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Raut said.
“That dawn will never break again, Raut told
“It was not a dawn. It was darkness. You (the BJP)
will not see the rays of power in the next four years at
least. The (next Assembly) elections will be held after four
years. After that we will win again, Raut said.
The Parliamentarian also said that the BJP still has
not come to terms after the shocks it received after that
The Maharashtra Assembly poll results were declared on
October 24 last year and the BJP (which won 105 seats) and
Shiv Sena (56 seats), which contested the polls in alliance,
were in a position to form the government comfortably.
The two parties, however, fell out following
differences over sharing the chief ministerial post on a
Maharashtra faced a political crisis when no party or
alliance could form a government even 18 days after the poll
result was declared, following which the President”s rule was
imposed in the state on November 12 last year.
The Presidents rule, however, was revoked before
Fadnavis and Ajit Pawar were sworn-in.
The oath-taking ceremony had led to a series of twists
and turns in Maharashtras politics with majority of the NCP
MLAs, whose support Ajit Pawar had claimed at the time of
being sworn-in, expressed their allegiance to party president
Sharad Pawar, who opposed that government.
The Shiv Sena, NCP and Congress — which were holding
parleys over forming the government in the state after Uddhav
Thackeray-led party severed ties with the BJP — then gave
final shape to the MVA government.
Thackeray took oath as the chief minister of the MVA
government on November 28. Ajit Pawar is Thackeray”s deputy in
the present MVA government. PTI AW/ENM BNM
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