Maharashtra Drama: Devendra Fadnavis resigns as CM a day before trust vote

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Mumbai: Moments after NCP’s Ajit Pawar resigned as Maharashtra Deputy CM, Maharashtra CM Devendra Fadnavis has finally resigned a day before trust vote in the Maharashtra legislative assembly.

Hours after the Supreme Court of India ordered Devendra Fadnavis to face a floor test in the Maharashtra assembly by 5pm Wednesday, Ajit Pawar resigned which was followed by Devendra Fadnavis’s resignation.

Fadnavis’s resignation came days after he took oath as Maharashtra Chief Minister , a stunning development that blind-sided the Shiv Sena, NCP and Congress, all of three which had firmed up a post-poll alliance to stake claim to form government under Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray.

The NCP claimed that Ajit Pawar, who is the nephew of party chief Sharad Pawar, had gone rogue and did not have the backing of the party as far as supporting the BJP was concerned.

The top court has directed that a pro-tem speaker shall be appointed immediately and the floor test shall be conducted via an open ballot process.

The fall of the Fadnavis government comes as a setback to the BJP, which had earlier claimed that is had 170 MLAs in its favour.

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