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Fadnavis steps down, says ‘we do not have numbers’ after Ajit Pawar’s resignation

Chief Minister of Maharashtra Devendra Fadnavis announced his resignation, saying the Shiv Sena-NCP-INC government wouldn't last

Devendra Fadnavis, who was sworn-in as chief minister of Maharashtra accompanied by NCP leader Ajit Pawar who had taken the oath of deputy chief minister, announced at a press conference that he was going to meet Governor BS Koshyari to submit his resignation. Ajit Pawar had resigned barely an hour before this.

Fadnavis began addressing the media at 3:30 PM, narrating the sequence of events since the declaration of Maharashtra Assembly election on 24 October. He said that, while the BJP-Shiv Sena Mahayuti (grand alliance) had won the election, the BJP had a more legitimate claim to power because of a better strike rate than the Shiv Sena’s.

Seeing the seats the Mahayuti had won, the Shiv Sena realised it would not have much of a bargaining power with the BJP; so, it started bargaining with the NCP and Congress for the sake of power

The chief minister of two days in the new term said that the Shiv Sena had been lying about a power-sharing agreement wherein they were supposed to have their own chief minister for half the term. “As our party president Amit-bhai Shah said, there was never any such agreement with the Shiv Sena,” Fadnavis said.

The outgoing chief minister said, “After Ajit-dada Pawar resigned today, we no longer have the numbers. I am going to meet the governor after this press conference and resign.”

“Now we will work to realise the aspirations of the people of Maharashtra as a responsible opposition party. We congratulate those who have formed the new government. We will teach the new government how to work,” Fadnavis said, adding that a government that would run on three wheels with each wheel moving in a different direction will sink in its own weight.

Fadnavis said he was disappointed to see the Shiv Sena genuflect before Sinia Gandhi for power.

Fadnavis said, “The Shiv Sena made a mockery of itself by starting talks with the INC and NCP. Shiv Sena started bargaining with the first press conference. Seeing the seats the alliance had won, it knew it would not have much of a bargaining power with us.”


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