HD Kumaraswany (Photo Credit: PTI)
HD Kumaraamy took a dig at Devendra Fadnavis resigned as the chief minister of Maharashtra. "I am sad to hear that Devendra Fadnavis has quit. Actually, I should have been the happiest man. Was it not he who gave everything to BJP to topple my government? Time takes care of everything,” Kumaraswamy said in a tweet on Tuesday afternoon, adding that the BJP is paying the price for being “power-hungry”.
Devendra Fadnavis resigned as Maharashtra chief minister on Tuesday ahead of the floor test shortly after rebel NCP leader Ajit Pawar did a u-turn and quit as his deputy, in another dramatic twist to the month-long political saga that will see Shiv Sena supremo Uddhav Thackeray being sworn in as the BJP leader's successor on November 28.
Admitting he does not have the majority hours after the Supreme Court ordered the floor test for Wednesday, Fadnavis was back in Raj Bhavan to submit his resignation to Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari just three days after he was sworn in at a hush-hush ceremony last Saturday. His return for a second term followed stunning midnight developments where Ajit Pawar revolted and propped up the BJP government.
Hours after 49-year-old Fadnavis quit, a post-poll alliance of the Shiv Sena, the Nationalist Congress Party(NCP) and the Congress, picked Uddhav Thackeray, 59, as its nominee for the chief minister's post.
Leaders of the three parties on Tuesday night met the governor and staked claim to form the government following which Koshyari invited the alliance.
Thackeray will be sworn-in on November 28, the Sena said after the meeting.
The decision to name Thackeray was taken earlier at a joint meeting of the three parties at a suburban hotel in Mumbai.
While state NCP chief Jayant Patil proposed Thackeray's name as "the (next) chief minister", the State Congress chief Balasaheb Thorat seconded the proposal.
The meeting was attended by NCP chief Sharad Pawar, senior party leader Praful Patel, Congress leader Ashok Chavan, Swabhimani Shetkari Sanghatana's Raju Shetti, Samajwadi Party's Abu Azmi, MLAs of all these parties and others.
The three parties named their alliance as 'Maharashtra Vikas Aghadi'.