Political News, Nation, (Mumbai), November 8:-Amid the ongoing tussle between the BJP and the Shiv Sena over government formation in the state, Devendra Fadnavis on Friday resigned as chief minister. He submitted his resignation to Governor BS Koshyari at the Raj Bhawan in Mumbai.
The development came after the Shiv Sena remained firm over its demand for sharing the chief minister’s post and asked the BJP not to misuse the provision of “caretaker” government to remain in power in the state. The term of the existing Assembly is due to end on November 9.
In a press conference shortly after submitting his resignation to the Maharashtra Governor, the same is confirmed by Devendra Fadnavis. Devendra Fadnavis confirms his resignation as the CM. He says he is thankful to the party, senior BJP leaders, and the people of Maharashtra for allowing him to serve them for 5 years. He also thanks BJPs alliance partner Shiv Sena.
Earlier, Sena leader Sanjay Raut said the BJP should approach the Uddhav Thackeray-led party only if it agrees to share the chief minister’s post with the junior saffron ally.
“The BJP shouldn’t prolong the caretaker provision and act from behind the curtains. We won’t mind if the BJP, as the single largest party, stakes claim and forms the government,” the Rajya Sabha MP said.
After Devendra Fadnavis’s resignation as the CM of Maharashtra, the state legislative assembly has been suspended. The term for the current assembly is supposed to end at midnight. If no party comes forward to form the government before that, President’s rule will be imposed in the state. Senior NCP leader Chhagan Bhujbal has already predicted that the state is heading for President’s rule.
Meanwhile, Shiv Sena Demands Police Security for Party MLAs. Shiv Sena to lodge its MLAs at Hotel Retreat in Madh, Malad West till November 15. Party has also written to Mumbai Police Commissioner requesting for security arrangements for the MLA.
-(NAV, Inputs: Agencies)