Mumbai: In a dramatic move, the chief minister Devendra Fadnavis on Tuesday evening resigned from the post of chief minister after the deputy chief minister Ajit Pawar resigned from the position in the wake of Supreme Court verdict.
Soon after the media briefing, where Fadnavis announced that he will resign as the chief minister of Maharashtra, he reached the house of the Governor, BS Koshyari where he submitted his resignation.
“We never tried to break any party or were never involved in horse-trading of MLAs. The Congress-NCP-Sena alliance will pull in different directions. But, we don’t have the majority now, so have decided to work as an active opposition. We will be the voice of public,” Fadnavis said after announcing his resignation for the top post of the state.
Talking to media persons, Fadnavis said, “Shiv Sena lied to us and started talking to other parties. 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.”
The chief minister said that he has resigned after Ajit Pawar told him that he has resigned as deputy CM due to personal reasons. He was banking on Ajitdada faction of NCP MLAs. “My image will not be maligned. People will accept me as I am,” he said and claimed that there was no condition for Ajit Pawar supporting them.
Answering a question he reiterated that the Shiv Sena was never promised 2.5 years CM post. “The BJP will continue to fight for people‘s issues,” he said and expressed his gratitude to Amit Shah for always standing by him in all difficulties.
“In the last five years, Maharashtra has received maximum support from the Centre. We shall co-operate to continue the work we started. We shall sit in the opposition, become the voice of the people,” Fadnavis further said.
The AICC general secretary, KC Venugopal described the incident as the victory of constitutional democracy. “They thought through horse-trading they can make the government. This is not only a failure of Devendra Fadnavis but also a slap on faces of their masters sitting in Delhi,” he further said.