Maharashtra, Nov 26, 2019: Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis of Maharashtra resigned on Tuesday afternoon before a floor test could be held to test the strength of his BJP-led government’s position.
The Fadnavis administration was sworn in early on Saturday morning against the run of play: a trio of opposition parties -- the Shiv Sena, the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) and the Congress -- had looked set to claim power after days of hectic parleys.
A stunned, still sleepy-eyed nation learned that Fadnavis’s deputy would be Ajit Pawar, a rebel leader from the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP).
On Tuesday, just before Fadnavis announced his resignation at a press conference, sources in the NCP said Ajit Pawar had resigned.
Fadnavis confirmed at the press meet that Pawar had stepped down.
The weeks following a Maharashtra state election held last month have been rich in drama. First the BJP and the Shiv Sena, who fought the polls together, fell out. President’s Rule was enforced on November 12 when parties in their individual capacity couldn’t form a government.
Then, just when it looked like the Sena-NCP-Congress combine was on the cusp of power, Fadnavis and Pawar were sworn in.
Today, the Supreme Court ordered the Fadnavis government to face a floor test by 5 pm on November 27.
But now, that won’t be necessary.