Fadnavis Quits As CM, Ajit Dy CM Ahead of Floor Test

Devendra Fadnavis on Tuesday announced his resignation as Maharashtra’s chief minister, hours after the Supreme Court ordered a floor test in the state assembly.

Earlier in the day, his deputy, NCP’s Ajit Pawar resigned from the post, just three days after he was sworn in.

“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.

In a sudden turn of event, both Fadnavis and Pawar were administered the oath on Saturday morning, nixing Shiv Sena, Congress and NCP’s bid to form government in the state.

Earlier in the day, Ajit Pawar also resigned from the post of Deputy Chief Minister of Maharashtra ahead of the floor test scheduled to be held in the state assembly on wednesday, said sources.

Pawar was sworn-in as the Deputy Chief Minister of the state on Saturday morning.

The decision invoked vociferous criticism from the opposition which later moved to Supreme Court.

A three-judge bench headed by Justice Ramana passed the order for conducting floor test by Wednesday evening while giving a decision on a joint petition filed by Congress-Shiv Sena and NCP against Maharashtra Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari’s decision of administering an oath to Fadnavis as Chief Minister and NCP’s Ajit Pawar as his deputy during early hours of Saturday.


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