After Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Union Minister Nitin Gadkari on Saturday congratulated Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis and Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar after their oath-taking ceremony.
In a tweet, Nitin Gadkari said, Congratulations to Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis and Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Dada Pawar for taking oath. I am confident they will work for development of Maharashtra.”
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In a surprise move, BJP’s Devendra Fadnavis took oath as Maharashtra Chief Minister while NCP’s Ajit Pawar sworn in as deputy chief minister at Raj Bhavan in Mumbai.
This comes at a time when deliberations between the Congress, the NCP and Shiv Sena to form a government in Maharashtra reached the final stage on Friday and the three parties inched closer to announce an alliance.
The BJP, which emerged as the single largest party in the state elections last month, could not earlier stake claim to form a government after it could not reach an agreement with its former ally Shiv Sena on its "50:50" demand.
The BJP won 105 seats in the 288-member assembly followed by the Shiv Sena (56). The NCP won 54 seats and the Congress had won 44 seats.