Ajit Pawar has back-stabbed Shiv Sena, says Sanjay Raut

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MUMBAI: Shiv Sena's Sanjay Raut on Saturday said that NCP leader Ajit Pawar had stabbed the Shiv Sena in the back by joining hands with the BJP to form the government in Maharashtra.

Talking to reporters here, Raut also said the state will never forgive Ajit Pawar for this act.
"Ajit Pawar has stabbed the Shiv Sena in the back. Joining hands with the BJP to form the government is betrayal. His decision does not have the approval of NCP chief Sharad Pawar," he said.
According to the report, Sharad Pawar and Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray will address a joint press conference soon.
The month-long political impasse in Maharashtra ended dramatically on Saturday with Devendra Fadnavis returning as the chief minister, backed by the Sharad Pawar-led NCP.
Devendra Fadnavis took oath as the Chief Minister early morning along with NCP leader Ajit Pawar as his deputy.
Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari administered the oath at the Raj Bhavan here at around 7.30 am.
Blaming the Shiv Sena for disrespecting the people's mandate in last month's Assembly polls, Fadnavis said:
"People had given us a clear mandate, but Shiv Sena tried to ally with other parties after the results, after which the President's rule was imposed. Maharashtra needed a stable government, not a 'khichdi' government"
"I thank Prime Minister Narendra Modi, party president Amit Shah and J P Nadda for giving me the chance to serve people once again," he added.
After being sworn-in as the deputy chief minister, Ajit Pawar said:
"From the day the poll results were declared on October 24, no party was able to form the government. Maharashtra was facing many problems, including farmers' issues. So we decided to form a stable government."
The surprise swearing-in is being described as a political masterstroke of Sharad Pawar, who on Thursday night had said there was a consensus among the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP), the Congress and the Shiv Sena that Uddhav Thackeray should lead the new government in Maharashtra.
It remains unclear if the NCP has split or all the 54 MLAs of the party have backed the BJP.
Maharashtra plunged into a political crisis when no party or alliance could form a government even 18 days after the declaration of the Assembly poll results, following which the President's rule had imposed in the state on November 12.
However, the President's rule, imposed in the state was revoked at 5.47 am today.
According to a Home Ministry notification, President Ram Nath Kovind signed the proclamation for revocation of the central rule this morning.
The gazette notification to this effect was issued by Union Home Secretary Ajay Kumar Bhalla at 5.47 am.
 

With inputs from Agency
Image credit: Deccan Herald
 

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