Devendra Fadnavis resigned from the post of Maharashtra Chief Minister within days after swearing-in for a second time.
This move from Fadnavis came minutes after NCP leader Ajit Pawar resigned from the post of Deputy Chief Minister. On Saturday morning, BJP led by Devendra Fadnavis had formed Government in Maharashtra with support from some NCP MLAs led by Ajit Pawar.
Earlier on Tuesday, Supreme Court had ordered the BJP led Devendra Government to prove their majority on Wednesday.
“We realised that we don’t have the required numbers to form the government and we don’t want to indulge in horse-trading,” Fadnavis told reporters after announcing his decision.
“Ajit Pawar came to me and said I am resigning because of personal reasons.” With this, “we don’t have majority… so I am going to resign”, Fadnavis said.
In his statements, Devendra Fadnavis laid bare the developments of the last few days that began with an early morning oath-taking ceremony that had him and Ajit Pawar taking oaths as the chief minister and deputy chief minister of Maharashtra.
The oath-taking sent shockwaves through Maharashtra’s political circles and stunned the Shiv Sena-NCP-Congress combine, which just the evening before had made public plans to take claim to form government under the leadership of Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray.
It later turned out that Ajit Pawar had revolted, going against his uncle Sharad Pawar’s wishes to back the BJP. The NCP claimed that Ajit Pawar had acted on his own and that the party’s MLAs were firmly behind Sharad Pawar.
However, Fadnavis’s comments from Tuesday when he resigned suggested that the BJP leader was under the belief Ajit Pawar was bringing the entire — or most of the — contingent of the NCP’s MLAs to back the BJP.
This was why, Fadnavis said, the BJP thought to stake claim and form government in Maharashtra. A government that had to resign in less than four days because Ajit Pawar came to him and said he was resigning because of “personal reasons”.