PM Narendra Modi congratulates Devendra Fadnavis for second term as Maharashtra CM
New Delhi : In an early morning twist, BJP took out the powerful CM post right from the Shiv Sena's door and formed the government in Maharashtra in alliance with Sharad Pawar's NCP. Devendra Fadnavis took oath as the Maharashtra CM for the second consecutive term and NCP's Ajit Pawar took oath as the deputy CM of the state.
Shortly after the oath-taking ceremony concluded, PM Narendra Modi tweeted congratulatory wishes to both Devendra Fadnavis and Ajit Pawar for their new role. "Congratulations to Devendra Fadnavis ji and Ajit Pawar ji on taking oath as the Chief Minister and Deputy Chief Minister of Maharashtra respectively. I am confident they will work diligently for the bright future of Maharashtra," he wrote.
The events that took place this may be described as nothing less than a political coup. The NCP, which had been in talks with the Shiv Sena and the Congress till as late as last night, sprung a surprise on Uddhav Thackeray and Sonia Gandhi's parties.
Speaking after taking oath for a second successive term as Chief Minister, Devendra Fadnavis said, "We all saw what happened in the last few weeks. Maharashtra had to go under President's Rule for the last many days. All this happened as the Shiv Sena did not follow the mandate. I thank the NCP for supporting us in forming a strong and stable government - one that Maharashtra needs."