Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) member Ajit Pawar resigned as the Deputy Chief Minister of Maharashtra on the 26th of November.
After the Supreme Court gave its verdict on the same day about the Maharashtra Government formation case against the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP,) Ajit Pawar resigned from his post.
On the 23rd of November, Pawar extended his support to the BJP and took the oath of office as the Deputy Chief Minister with Devendra Fadnavis of the BJP, who was sworn in as the Chief Minister of the State.
Ajit Pawar resigned ahead of the floor test scheduled to be held at 5:00 P.M., on the 27th of November.
Ajit Pawar’s resignation could prove to be a major disadvantage for the BJP, which is trying to form the State Government for a second term.
While the Shiv Sena, the NCP and the Indian National Congress (INC) joined hands together against the BJP, the BJP seems to be on the edge of losing in the floor test.
According to sources, the Shiv Sena-NCP-INC alliance claims to have the support of 162 MLAs in total, against the BJP’s 106 MLAs.
Any political party in Maharashtra needs 146 Assembly seats to mark the majority and stake the claim to form the State Government.
It is said the NCP pushed Ajit Pawar to resign as the Deputy Chief Minister and come back to the Party. However, when asked about Ajit Pawar’s resignation, Jayant Patil, a member of the NCP, said, “It’s you from whom I have come to know about the resignation of Ajit Pawar. I don’t know about it, I would like to make a comment on it only after getting to know everything about it.”
The Shiv Sena-NCP-INC alliance is scheduled to address a press conference at 5:00 P.M. During the press conference, the alliance of the three parties is expected to elect a leader for the alliance, which is expected to be Shiv Sena President Uddhav Thackeray.
Stay tuned for further updates.