Maharashtra Elections: Dust Finally Settles After Days Of Roller Coaster Ride
After days of a confusing chain of events, Devendra Fadnavis of the BJP resigned, three days after taking oath as the chief minister of Maharashtra. And by evening Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray thanked before a meeting of Mahavikas Aghadi legislators for giving him a chance to be the next chief minister of the state.
Uddhav said, “I am grateful to the leaders of the NCP, Congress, Samajwadi Party, PWP and Swabhimani Shetkari Sanghatana for joining hands with the Shiv Sena.” “We were associated with the BJP, but it has betrayed us. Now, political parties which were against us for more than three decades have shown confidence in us. We are thankful to Congress president Sonia Gandhi, too, for extending support to the Shiv-Sena-led government. They have unanimously expressed confidence in my leadership.”
Thackeray and NCP chief Sharad Pawar addressed the meetings of legislators and promised to give a clean, transparent and result-oriented administration. The new CM-to-be, Thackeray then shot a full-blown verbal attack against Fadnavis, accusing him of misleading the public about the promise of becoming the chief ministers by him and BJP main-man Amit Shah.
“In my opinion, he is telling lies,” Thackeray said. “The BJP has given a certain commitment to the Shiv Sena before the Lok Sabha polls and now after the assembly election, he declared that no such assurance was given. Further, he alleged that the Shiv Sena has surrendered to Sonia Gandhi and these days Uddhav Thackeray is moving out for an alliance with the Congress and NCP. It’s all falsehood. I heard Fadnavic’s comments during the media briefing, I will reply to them at an appropriate time.”
NCP state unit president Jayant Patil proposed Thackeray’s name as the chief minister which was seconded by Congress state unit president Balasaheb Thorat. After the unanimous decision, Shiv Sena politician Eknath Shinde, Patil and Thorat staked a claim with the governor to form the next government I the state.
“We will not take revenge, but if someone is coming in our way, we will take him on. Our commitment is for providing a clean, result-oriented administration and a cultured Maharashtra,” Thackeray promised.
Meanwhile, Sharad Pawar shared his thoughts about Bal Thackeray: “We had differences on several occasions but it never had an adverse impact on personal relations. I always admired the qualities of Bal Thackeray. He was a different kind of leader. Had he been alive, he would have been the happiest person to see his son sworn in as the CM of Maharashtra.”
Pawar added dozens of words of praises for Bal Thackeray, saying he was one politician who gave an opportunity to the poorest of the poor. “I still remember how he nominated Aurangabad leader Chandrakant Khaire to contest the Lok Sabha election. A man with no political background, Khaire was elected to the Lok Sabha for five consecutive terms. I am sure, like his father, Uddhav will also be just to people from all walks of life.”
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