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Last Updated : Nov 08, 2019 04:52 PM IST | Source: Moneycontrol.com

Devendra Fadnavis resigns as chief minister of Maharashtra

The Shiv Sena and BJP haven't been able to see eye-to-eye on government formation, leading to a stalemate

Devendra Fadnavis has resigned as the chief minister of Maharashtra. The move comes in the wake of the tenure of the incumbent Maharashtra Assembly getting over on November 8.

After tendering his resignation to Maharashtra Governor Bhagat Singh Koshiyari, Fadnavis told media persons, "I thank the people of Maharashtra and PM Modi for giving me this opportunity".

"I also thank our allies, who stood with us in the past five years. We contested these elections also as the Mahayuti – with the Shiv Sena and RPI. The people of Maharashtra gave the mandate to the Mahayuti ," he added.

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Fadnavis also told the media that he was shocked when post-results, Uddhav Thackeray, in a press conference, said that "all options are open", because he had clarified in his presser that he will form a Mahayuti or coalition government.

Fifteen days after the results to the Maharashtra Assembly were declared on October 24, bickering allies Shiv Sena and BJP haven't been able to see eye-to-eye on government formation, leading to a stalemate.

Meanwhile, the Congress and the NCP reiterated that the people of Maharashtra's mandate was for both the parties to sit in Opposition. NCP chief Sharad Pawar, in a statement to the media, had made it clear that he was not seeking the chief minister's post.

(This is a developing story. Will be updated.)

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First Published on Nov 8, 2019 04:33 pm
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