Ajit Pawar was blackmailed, MLAs kidnapped: Senior Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut

WION Web Team Mumbai, Maharashtra, India Nov 23, 2019, 03.09 PM(IST)

Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut (File photo) Photograph:( ANI )

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In a massive turn of events, Maharashtra Governor sworn in BJP's Devendra Fadnavis and Ajit as chief minister and deputy chief minister respectively in the wee hours on Saturday.

Senior Shiv Sena leader claimed on Saturday that NCP leader Ajit Pawar has been blackmailed and whosoever is behind this act will be exposed soon. 

Earlier today, in a massive turn of events, Maharashtra Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari sworn in BJP's Devendra Fadnavis and Ajit as chief minister and deputy chief minister respectively in the wee hours on Saturday. The development comes as a shock to NCP, Congress and Shiv Sena who were close to finalise the power-sharing deal to form government in the state. 

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On Saturday morning, the President's rule in Maharahstra was revoked.

Shiv Sena's Sanjay Raut said Ajit has been blackmailed and whosoever hatched this act will be exposed in Sena's mouthpiece Saamna newspaper soon. "Of the eight MLAs who had gone with Ajit Pawar, five of them returned. They were lied to, put in a car, and sort of kidnapped," Raut claimed. 

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Raut also dared BJP to prove a majority in the Legislative Assembly. 

Earlier, NCP chief Sharad Pawar said that Ajit's decision to support BJP was "against the party line" and all NCP MLAs who supported Ajit will be disqualified.  

Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray issued a stern warning to BJP that Maharashtra will not stay asleep if BJP tries to break Sena in a joint press conference with Sharad.   

Reacting on the latest development in Maharashtra, senior Congress leader Ahmed Patel said that all three parties: Congress, Shiv Sena and NCP are united and will defeat BJP in the floor test.

On Sunday, NCP chief said that Uddhav will lead the government in Maharashtra. 

From a few weeks, NCP, Congress and Shiv Sena were working on a common minimum programme (CMP) to form government in Maharashtra. 

BJP, Shiv Sena fought election together but had a fallout over the post of chief minister. The results of Assembly elections in Maharashtra were declared on October 24 and BJP won the maximum number of seats 105. Shiv Sena, NCP and Congress won 56, 54 and 44 seats respectively.  Support of at least 145 seats is required to form government in Maharashtra.