Uddhav Thackeray will be the new Chief Minister of Maharashtra and will likely take oath on Thursday, after the BJP's Devendra Fadnavis ended his 80-hour second term. Mr Thackeray, along with other leaders, are at the Raj Bhavan and have staked claim to form government.
Devendra Fadnavis and NCP's Ajit Pawar resigned today as Maharashtra Chief Minister and deputy chief minister a day before the Fadnavis 2.0 government was to face a floor test ordered by the Supreme Court. Devendra Fadnavis announced his resignation in a press meet soon after Ajit Pawar quit.
"Ajit Pawar gave me his resignation. BJP had decided from the first day we will not indulge in horse-trading. We only decided to form Maharashtra government because NCP was with us. Since he has resigned, I will also resign," Mr Fadnavis told reporters.
"The BJP had the people's mandate. We tried to form a government according to the people's mandate but the Shiv Sena realized it was a numbers game and we realized their bargaining power could increase," he added.
The resignation came after a meeting between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Home Minister Amit Shah, the two top leaders of the BJP, right after the Supreme Court ordered Devendra Fadnavis to face a trust vote.
Here are the LIVE updates of the Maharashtra government formation:
The Shiv Sena-NCP-Congress combine on Tuesday evening elected Uddhav Thackeray as its nominee for Maharashtra Chief Minister's post, following which the Sena president met the Governor and staked claim to form government of the "Maharashtra Vikas Aghadi".
Mr Thackeray was accompanied by legislature party leaders of the three parties as he headed for Raj Bhavan to meet governor B K Koshyari, a Sena leader said.
"We are submitting a joint statement of staking claim for government formation. We will also produce proof of the support of all the MLAs of the three parties to the governor as part of the mandatory procedure," said the leader.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP chief Amit Shah will be invited to a function where Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray will take oath as the Maharashtra Chief Minister, Sena said on Tuesday"
Ideology of hindutva not on the basis of lies. We will make this Maharashtra once again that Maharashtra which Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj dreamt of. For me farmers and people of Maharashtra are more important than people sitting in Delhi. I accept the responsibility given by all of you. I'm not alone but you all are Chief Minister with me. What has happened today is the actual democracy. Together we will wipe off the tears of farmers in the state. I'm ready to answer all questions raised by Devendra Fadnavis. I am not scared of anything. Lies are not part of Hindutva. When needed you hug us and when not needed you leave us. You tried to keep us away.
"I had never dreamed of leading the state. I would like to thank Sonia Gandhi and others. We are giving a new direction to country by keeping faith on each other."
Uddhav Thackeray declared leader of Maha Vikas Aghadi, will be Maharashtra Chief Minister, oath likely on Sunday.
6.07 pm: NCP says collapse of the Fadnavis government has punctured the BJP''s "arrogance".
6.07 pm: Congress says the Fadnavis-led government in Maharashtra was based on "defections" and fell like a "house of cards", and asked Governor Koshiyari to invite its alliance with the Shiv Sena and the NCP to form the government in the state.
5.59 pm: BJP says parties "rejected by people" in the Assembly polls have joined hands to "steal" popular mandate. The party said the decision to form the government despite lacking numbers was done so in "good faith" after being assured of the NCP''s support by its leader Ajit Pawar.
5.52 pm: Maharashtra governor convenes Assembly session, MLAs to be sworn in on Wednesday.
5.50 pm: Shiv Sena president Uddhav Thackeray to be next CM, NCP leader Nawab Malik says, adding Sena, NCP and Cong will continue their alliance for the next 20-25 years.
5.06 pm: BJP''s Kalidas Kolambkar appointed as pro-tem Speaker of Maharashtra assembly.
4.34 pm: Fadnavis submits resignation as Maharashtra CM to Governor BS Koshyari
3.44 pm: CM Fadnavis tells press conference that he will go to Raj Bhawan to tender resignation.
He said Shiv Sena threatened BJP over Chief Minister's post.
3.42 pm: NCP''s Ajit Pawar gave his resignation leading to realisation we don''t have the numbers: Fadnavis
3.36 pm: Maharashtra poll mandate was more for BJP than Shiv Sena: Devendra Fadnavis at a press conference.
3.20 pm: Maharashtra Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar has resigned, says Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Raut.
3.18 pm: Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut claims Ajit Pawar is now with Shiv Sena-Congress-NCP alliance.
3.16 pm: Uddhav Thackeray to be chief minister for five years: Sanjay Raut after meeting of Shiv Sena-NCP-Congress alliance leaders
3.01 pm: Prime Minister Narendra Modi holds a meeting with BJP chief Amit Shah, who is also the Union home minister, and the party''s working president J P Nadda after the SC orders a floor test in the Maharashtra Assembly on Wednesday.
2.29 pm: Senior BJP leader and Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad criticises Congress for boycotting the Constitution Day celebrations in Parliament and said it is an "insult" to Bhim Rao Ambedkar.
2.17 pm: Ahead of floor test in the Maharashtra Assembly, Congress calls for appointment of senior-most lawmaker in assembly as pro-tem speaker, saying precedents and conventions should be followed.
1.18 pm: All newly elected BJP MLAs in Maharashtra have been asked to reach Mumbai to attend a meeting which will be addressed by Fadnavis on Tuesday evening.
12.34 pm: Ex-PM Manmohan Singh says the way the Centre behaved in Maharashtra, not certain constitutional norms safe in hands of present establishment.
12.18 pm: Congress president Sonia Gandhi expresses confidence of a win in Maharashtra Assembly floor test.
12.07 PM: Shiv Sena leader Eknath Shinde says Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis should resign as the Uddhav Thackeray''s party-led coalition has the support of "162 MLAs" to prove majority in the Maharashtra Assembly.
11.50 am: The BJP says floor test in the Maharashtra assembly on Wednesday will establish the position of different parties in its entirety.
Its national spokesperson Nalin Kohli also rejects the contention that the SC order is a "setback" to the BJP.
11.46 am: Security stepped up around the Vidhan Bhawan in Mumbai. Elaborate police arrangement has been made to avoid any untoward incident outside the premises.
11.39 am: NCP chief Sharad Pawar says he is grateful to SC for upholding democratic values.
11.32 am: Opposition parties, including the Congress and the Shiv Sena, skips a joint sitting of both houses of Parliament on the Constitution Day to mark their protest against the BJP''s alleged high-handedness in Maharashtra.
11.22 am: Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut says truth cannot be defeated.
11.03 am: End of BJP''s game, says NCP on Supreme Court''s ruling over Maha political drama
11 am: Cong leader Prithviraj Chavan says his party, Sena and NCP are satisfied with SC order of floor test in Maha assembly, Constitution has been respected on Constitution Day.
10.42 am: SC directs Maha Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari to ensure all elected members of the House are sworn in on Wednesday itself.
10.39 am: Floor test in Maharashtra Assembly for Chief Minister Fadnavis to prove his majority in the assembly will be held on Wednesday: SC
9.14 am: In an editorial in Shiv Sena mouthpiece ''Saamana'', the party lashes out at Maharashtra governor over the hush hush swearing-in ceremony of Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis.
Uddhav Thackeray will be Maharashtra's new Chief Minister, a senior leader of his Shiv Sena announced today after rapid changes triggered by a Supreme Court order to the BJP's Devendra Fadnavis to prove his majority in a floor test tomorrow."
- As you all are aware, it was the BJP which got the people's mandate.
- But since we fought lesser seats, we got the number that we have. Should we have contested all the seats, it would have been a different story.
- But Shiv Sena knew that contesting together by dividing seats would only help their bargaining power.
- Let me make it clear - We never ever promised them what they claimed after the result was declared.
- The Shiv Sena wanted something that was not negotiable. They started talking to other parties - the NCP and Congress.
- Those who didn't come out of Matoshree went out to meet other party leaders. We were never even called.
- We told the Governor at the start that we do not have the numbers by ourselves, since we contested together with the Shiv Sena, which now broke that alliance. The Shiv Sena, NCP and Congress - 3 parties with completely different ideologies - came together just so that they could keep the BJP out. The common minimum programme is just an eyewash.
- Ajit Pawar had a letter of support, but then things changed. This lead to his resignation earlier this afternoon after the latest developments.
- BJP will become the voice of the people as opposition.
- We work for the people and they are the ones who matter. We in the BJP don't indulge in wrong practices.
- These other parties have just 1 agenda - keep the BJP out. That is all they care about. We care about the people and the development of the country. We will continue our good work. We will be a strong and effective opposition.
- The mandate was for the BJP. The numbers say so absolutely clearly. This has not been respected.
- I am happy and thankful to my party for trusting in me. I thank Prime Minister Narendra Modi, party president Amit Shah and working president JP Nadda for their trust in me.
- "The next government is formed, whoever leads, I can say this for sure that this will be a very unstable government. The wheels of this government will head in 3 different directions," Devendra Fadnavis said at a press meet.
Submitted my resignation as Maharashtra CM to Hon Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari ji.- Devendra Fadnavis (@Dev_Fadnavis) November 26, 2019
Hon Governor asked me to function as caretaker CM till alternative arrangements pic.twitter.com/TI7ER3iBkv
- Saturday events shameful and condemnable, we hope top court studies all aspects, as to time at which letters were handed to Governor from BJP and an ally they found, as to how Governor studied the letters and took decisions.
- Did the President apply his mind? What was the application of mind done? At time was the Governor informed about abrogation of President's rule, at what time was he asked to administer oath so early in the morning?
- Attempt to seek high ground, that no poaching resorted to, if there were no such intentions, why did they form the form the govt at midnight?
Devendra Fadnavis and Ajit Pawar should apologise to the people of Maharashtra as their government was "based on lies and fell like a house of cards", the Congress said on Tuesday minutes after the Maharashtra chief minister announced his resignation, conceding that he does not have a majority in the assembly."
Devendra Fadnavis and Ajit Pawar were sworn in on Saturday, in a sudden oath ceremony at 7.50 am that was challenged in the Supreme Court as undemocratic and unconstitutional.
The BJP won 105 seats in the 288-member state assembly and needed 40 more for a majority. Mr Fadnavis claimed the support of 170 MLAs, but a major component was the presumptive support of 54 NCP MLAs, as claimed by Ajit Pawar, their leader in the assembly.
Ajit Pawar's overnight switch was key to the BJP's surprise comeback. He displayed confidence that he would have the support of all 54 MLAs.
Subsequently, nearly all NCP MLAs appeared to return to the party fold and more than 50 also participated in a show of strength at a five-star hotel in Mumbai last evening. It became increasingly apparent that the Ajit Pawar was isolated within his own party and that the BJP may not have enough MLAs after all.
This morning, responding to the Sena-Congress-NCP petition, the Supreme Court ordered the Fadnavis government to prove its majority "within 24 hours" in a televised test of strength. "If the floor test is delayed, there is a possibility of horse-trading, it becomes incumbent upon the Court to act to protect democratic values. An immediate floor test, in such a case, might be the most effective mechanism to do so," said the Supreme Court.
Yesterday, Mr Fadnavis formally assumed charge, signed a relief cheque and also held the first meeting of his new term. But Ajit Pawar did not officially join. He was also missing from the Chief Minister's meeting last evening and he skipped a memorial for 26/11 martyrs this morning.
"Looking at the current scenario, I also resign as the Chief Minister of Maharashtra. I thank the people of Maharashtra for giving me the opportunity to serve them. We worked for everyone, and every sector. There was a lot of work done in the last 5 years, and I am very happy with it," Devendra Fadnavis at press meet.