Congress spokesperson Randeep Singh Surjewala (Photo Credit: File)
The Congress on Saturday said that government formation in Maharashtra is ‘betrayal of people’s mandate. Addressing a press conference in the national capital party spokesperson Randeep Singh Surjewala also accused Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari of acting like hitman of Union Home Minister Amit Shah. “The governor worked not as a constitutional authority, but as a hitman at the instance of Amit Shah,” Surjewala said. He also called NCP leader Ajit Pawar opportunist and said the government in the state has been formed by killing democracy. “BJP scared opportunist Ajit Pawar, formed illegal govt by acting as a contract killer for democracy,” Surjewala said.
Earlier in a series of tweets, Surjewala said, "Do not look at me like this in the light, I am politics, I don't wear clothes. This is called: Betrayal of mandate and democracy." Fadnavis had promised to put Ajit Pawar in jail but has made him deputy chief minister now, he said.
Devendra Fadnavis promised to put Ajit Pawar in jail but has made him deputy CM now: Randeep Singh Surjewala.— Press Trust of India (@PTI_News) November 23, 2019
Slamming Fadnavis for dismissing media reports that it will not take the support of the NCP to form a government in the state as it has exposed their corruption, Surjewala said, "The hunger for power cleans all the clots of corruption and principles."
In a masterstroke, Fadnavis and Ajit Pawar took oath as Maharashtra Chief Minister and Deputy Chief Minister, leaving the Congress, NCP and the Shiv Sena surprised.
There were not many people at Raj Bhavan when he was sworn in as CM. The ceremony, which opposition Congress dubbed a clandestine affair after a night of intriguing political developments, the pomp and grandeur of the 2014 event was missing.
After results of the October 21 Assembly elections were announced on October 24, Fadnavis was all set to return as chief minister of Maharashtra, after steering the BJP to another electoral win and dealing the NCP-Congress a blow but bickering ally Shiv Sena played spoilsport.