Blaming caretaker CM Devendra Fadnavis for his short-lived alliance with Ajit Pawar, senior BJP leader Eknath Khadse, on Wednesday, has stated that the BJP should not have allied with Ajit Pawar in the first place. Citing the cases against Ajit Pawar in the Irrigation scam, he said that the BJP should have refrained from connecting with an accused. Khadse was denied a ticket because of allegations of abetting corruption and impropriety in a slum redevelopment project.
Senior BJP leader Eknath Khadse: My personal opinion is that BJP should not have taken support of Ajit Dada Pawar. He is an accused in the massive irrigation scam and faces many allegations, so we should not have allied with him pic.twitter.com/fjzhmikpDW— ANI (@ANI) November 27, 2019
In a massive turn of events, BJP leader Eknath Khadse has accused former CM Devendra Fadnavis over the current minority numbers of BJP. He said, "What is happening today is because of Devendra Fadnavis. He sidelines me, Chandrashekhar Bawankule and Vinod Tawde. If he would’ve considered us then it was very easy for us to achieve seats more than 20-25seats in 105 seats".
After a 4-day stint, the BJP-led government fell on Tuesday after Ajit Pawar resigned as Deputy CM after the Supreme Court ordered an open ballot floor test in the Maharashtra Assembly on Wednesday. Shortly after, Devendra Fadnavis resigned at CM after failing to garner the required numbers. He was sworn-in as CM on Saturday, after Ajit Pawar allegedly extended the support of 20-30 MLAs, against Sharad Pawar's wishes - to the BJP, helping it to form the government after the President's rule was revoked at 5:47 AM on Saturday. Uddhav Thackeray is set to take oath as Maharashtra CM on Thursday, at 6:40 PM in Shivaji Park.
Almost a month after elections, the president's rule was imposed after no party could prove a majority. The BJP-Sena which fell out squabbling over a 50-50 power-sharing and shared CM post bagged 161 seats (BJP- 105, Shiv Sena-56). Meanwhile, the Maha Aghadi won 98 seats (NCP -54, Congress) and has chosen to ally with Shiv Sena.