Devendra Fadnavis resigns as Maharashtra CM, blames Shiv Sena for failure of talks 

I have tendered my resignation to the Governor and he has accepted it, says Devendra Fadnavis

Devendra Fadnavis resigns as Maharashtra CM, blames Shiv Sena for failure of talks 

NH Web Desk

Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis resigned on Friday. Fadnavis drove to Raj Bhavan in south Mumbai and submitted his resignation to Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari, sources said.

I have tendered my resignation to the Governor and he has accepted it, said Fadnavis.

“Shiv Sena did not have time to discuss things with me but they had discussions with Congress and NCP.”

“Unfortunately, the day when results came, Uddhav ji said all options open for Govt formation. That was shocking for us as people had given the mandate for alliance and in such circumstances, it was a big question for us that why he said all options are open for him,” said Fadnavis.

“I again want to make it clear that it was never decided that for 2.5 years each the CM post will be shared. There was never a decision on this issue. Even Amit Shah ji and Nitin Gadkari ji said this was never decided,” he added.

There has been no headway in government formation even a fortnight after Assembly poll results were announced on October 24.

Blaming Shiv Sena for the failure of talks between the two parties, Fadnavis said, “Shiv Sena is 100% responsible for talks failing, they did not take my calls. They stopped the discussion. The alliance is not broken yet, neither they announced nor us. Our parties are still together in the Centre.”

The BJP and Shiv Sena are locked in a tussle over the issue of the chief minister's post, resulting in a stalemate in government formation despite the Assembly poll results giving the alliance a combined seat strength of 161, way past the 145 majority mark in the 288-member House.

In the polls, the BJP won 105 seats, Shiv Sena-56, NCP-54 and the Congress won 44 seats.

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Published: 8 Nov 2019, 4:37 PM