Shiv Sena’s Uddhav is expected to become Chief Minister of Maharashtra

Uddhav Thackeray gets Governor’s Nod, Swearing-in Ceremony on Nov 28

MLAs from Shiv Sena, Congress and NCP met Maharashtra Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari Tuesday and submitted their letters of support for Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray as the chief minister of Maharashtra.

Thackeray will be sworn in as Maharashtra chief minister at Shivaji Park on November 28. The Sena-NCP-Congress MLAs met at Trident hotel and passed a resolution appointing Uddhav as CM nominee of their front. The MLAs also passed the resolution to form ‘Maha Vikas Aghadi’, the three-party alliance in Maharashtra.

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Today Fadnavis and Ajit Pawar resigned as the chief minister and deputy chief minister respectively hours after the Supreme Court passed an order directing floor test in the state. “We do not have majority after Ajit Pawar’s resignation,” Fadnavis said announcing his intent to resign. “We realized we don’t have the numbers and we don’t want to indulge in horse trading,” he said.

Addressing the press, Fadnavis said the poll mandate was for the BJP more so than the Shiv Sena, adding that no discussions were held with the former ally on a rotational CM post. “We won more than 70 per cent seats while Sena won around 40 per cent seats,” he said. In the 288-member Assembly,the BJP won 105 seats while the Sena won 56.

Ajit Pawar meets NCP chief Sharad Pawar at his residence Hours after he resigned as the deputy chief minister, NCP leader Ajit Pawar met party chief Sharad Pawar at his residence.

The meeting comes ahead of floor test in the Maharashtra Assembly tomorrow. The Shiv Sena-NCP-Congress front will form government in the state after the BJP said it does not have the numbers. Sena’s Uddhav Thackeray is set to become the Chief Minister.

Ruling in favour of the Sena-NCP-Congress combine, the top court ordered Maharashtra CM Devendra Fadnavis to face a floor test on Wednesday. A three-judge bench headed by Justice NV Ramana and comprising Justices Sanjiv Khanna and Ashok Bhushan Tuesday said the floor test will be conducted through an open ballot and the proceeding will be recorded on video.

The bench also took note that one month had passed since the declaration of the Assembly elections results and no member had taken oath. It further directed the Governor to appoint a speaker who will administer oath to the newly elected members.The entire process must be concluded by 5 pm, the bench said.

The three-party combine last evening assembled its 162 MLAs under one roof at the Grand Hyatt Hotel to prove its strength to the BJP,where party leaders including Uddhav Thackeray, Sharad Pawar and Babasaheb Thorat addressed the MLAs who took an oath to remain honest to their parties and vouched to not indulge in anti-party activities.

Claiming that all their 162 MLAs stood together, NCP chief Sharad Pawar on Monday addressed its members’ fear of disqualification from the Assembly stating that nephew Ajit neither has the power to issue party whip nor does he hold the right to suspend any NCP member, while Uddhav said the show of strength was for the country to witness their power in the state.

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