The development has brought a major twist in the Maharashtra political scene as a day earlier it was Pawar who announced that the new Maharashtra government would be led by Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray.
The BJP and Shiv Sena, which fought the state elections in alliance, got a comfortable majority by winning 105 and 56 seats respectively in the 288-member Assembly. But the BJP did not give in to Sena’s demand of sharing the chief minister’s post for an equal term leading to falling apart of the nearly three-decade-old alliance.
The Congress and NCP won 44 and 54 seats respectively, in the last month’s polls.
It is being seen as a masterstroke by Amit Shah, the BJP’s Man Friday. According to News18, the meeting between Sharad Pawar and the PM Narendra Modi on agrarian issues was where the back channels were opened. All the while when the Sena-NCP-Congress were ironing out the finer points of power-sharing, BJP was silently inching closer to power for the second consecutive term and Sharad Pawar was the dramatis personae in the whole affair.
Devendra Fadnavis after taking oath as Maharashtra CM again: People had given us a clear mandate, but Shiv Sena tried to ally with other parties after results, as a result President's rule was imposed. Maharashtra needed a stable govt not a 'khichdi' govt. pic.twitter.com/6Zmf9J9qKc
— ANI (@ANI) November 23, 2019