Maharashtra’s political saga began when Nationalist Congress Party, Congress, and Shiv Sena opposed the decision of Maharashtra governor who invited BJP’s Devendra Fadnavis to form the government of the state for the second time.
BJP is the single largest party with 105 MLAs at Maharashtra assembly was all set to form the government of the state for the second time on Saturday post which a petition was filed by the opposition. The continuous see-saw battle urged the apex court’s intervention where it was directed that Maharashtra Chief Minister needs to prove his majority on the floor test of the assembly on 27th Nov in an open ballot to continue BJP’s government in the state.
Supreme Court’s Stand on Maharashtra Political Contention
A bench of justices Ashok Bhushan, Sanjiv Khanna, and NV Ramana verdict that a pro-term will hold the floor test in the assembly after Congress-Sena-NCP.
Following are the apex court’s direction in a nutshell,
- Maharashtra governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari was requested to ensure that all the elected members are sworn in on by Nov 27th.
- A pro term speaker for the assembly should also be appointed immediately, who will carry out floor test by the law and no secret ballot.
- All the proceedings have to be live telecast.
BJP Step down on Tuesday Paving Way for Shiv Sena:
On 26th November, Tuesday, Chief Minister of Maharashtra Devendra Fadnavis announced his resignation. He stepped down just a day before the floor test which was ordered by the apex court to gauge the strength of the BJP-led government’s position in the state.
Fadnavis blamed AjitPawar’s resignation as deputy chief minister was the reason behind the fall of his government. Ajit Pawar who is a nephew of NCP chief Sharad Pawar stepped down after Congress-NCP-Sena possesses doubt against BJP led government. Fadnavis further also claimed that forming government with Pawar’s support was his decision and was not that of the central party leadership.
Post this great churn in Maharashtra, Shiv Sena will make the next government in which Congress and NCP will also take part. Power binds all the parties together against the BJP-led government even also the views of each of the parties vary.
Final Victory of Shiv-Sena:
The people of Maharashtra will finally see a stable government and a CM which will last more than 80 hours. After a continuous stalemate for week post, the declaration of results of Maharashtra Assembly Elections, Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray was sworn in as the new Chief Minister of the state to bring an end to the political turmoil.
The new government will be known as Maha Vikas Aghadi and formed by the collaboration of the National Congress Party and Congress along with Shiv Sena. Thackeray’s swearing-in ceremony held at Shivaji Park on Thursday 28th Nov,6:40 PM.
The Shiv Sena party will have the post of Chief Minister and 15 cabinet berths, the NCP will have the post of Deputy Chief Minister and 13 cabinet ranks and the Congress will have the post of Speaker and 13 ministerial ranks.
Shiv Sena leader Aaditya Thackeray met former Prime Minister Man Mohan Singh and Congress President Sonia Gandhi to invite them for Uddhav Thackeray’s swearing-in ceremony. PM Modi who was also invited for the ceremony congratulated Uddhav Thackeray over a telephonic conversation.
After taking the oath on Thursday 28th Nov evening, his first step of reforms was to focus on the compensation for the state farmers and revival of the Raigad Fort which was the capital of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj.
He asked his officials to give him information about the existing central and state schemes for the farmers within the next two days, which would help him to gauge what more assistance his government can provide for their welfare.
Moreover, his first decision of cabinet was to approve a fund of Rs 20 crore for the revival of Raigad Fort.
Along with it he also added that he wants such an atmosphere in the state where no one should feel terrorized.
Now, the question is it is yet to see, how much proficient Uddhav Thackeray’s government stands out to be in making a state what Chhatrapati Shivaji dreamt of.