Maharashtra Govt Formation Updates: Shiv Sena-NCP-Congress combine’s chief minister candidate Uddhav Thackeray staked claim to form government in Maharashtra on Tuesday. Thackeray reached Raj Bhavan on Tuesday night after a meeting between the three parties. During the meeting, Thackeray was unanimously elected as the leader. The Shiv Sena chief will be sworn in on November 28 at Shivaji Park, the party announced after his visit to the Raj Bhavan.
Earlier on Tuesday, Devendra Fadnavis stepped down as the CM hours after the Supreme Court demanded a floor test. Fadnavis’ resignation was preceded by Ajit Pawar stepping down as deputy CM. The resignations came just three days after they took oath in a dramatic swearing-in ceremony last Saturday. Speaking at a press conference in which he announced his decision to step down, Fadnavis called Shiv Sena ‘power hungry’. “Shiv Sena lied to us and started talking to other parties after poll results. Shiv Sena claims to be a party that believes in Hindutva, but today, their Hindutva is bowing to Sonia Gandhi. They are swearing by Sonia Gandhi,” he said, adding,”Shiv Sena told us even before election results came that they will go with anyone who gives them the CM post.”
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On Tuesday morning, the Supreme Court ordered to hold the floor test in the Maharashtra Legislative Assembly on November 27. The apex court also directed Maharashtra Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari to ensure that all elected MLAs are sworn in on Wednesday itself. The pro-tem Speaker will administer oath to the newly elected members. The entire exercise has to be completed by 5 PM, a bench comprising Justices NV Ramana, Ashok Bhushan and Sanjiv Khanna said. The bench also said the entire proceedings have to be telecast live.