Looking towards taking Maharashtra to greater heights under PM Modi's leadership: Fadnavis

File photo of Devendra Fadnavis. Photograph:( AFP )

ANI New Delhi, Delhi, India Nov 23, 2019, 12.05 PM (IST)

In dramatic developments on Saturday, Bharatiya Janata Party's Devendra Fadnavis took oath as Maharashtra Chief Minister for the second consecutive term.

Responding to a congratulatory message by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Twitter, Fadnavis said, he is "looking forward of taking the state to greater heights" under the leadership of PM Modi.

"Thank you so much Hon'ble PM Narendra Modi ji! Under your guidance and leadership, we are once again looking forward to take Maharashtra to newer and greater heights!" Fadnavis tweeted while retweeting the congratulatory message posted by the Prime Minister.

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Home Minister and BJP President Amit Shah also took Twitter to congratulate Fadnavis. 

"I am confident that this government will be continuously committed to the development and welfare of Maharashtra and will set new standards of progress in the state," Shah said.

BJP, with 105 seats, came together with the Nationalist Congress Party, which bagged 54 seats, to reach the majority mark. NCP's Ajit Pawar, nephew of NCP chief Sharad Pawar, took oath as Deputy Chief Minister of Maharashtra.

However, Sharad Pawar said that it was Ajit's personal decision to join hands with BJP.

"Ajit Pawar's decision to support the BJP to form the Maharashtra Government is his personal decision and not that of the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP). We place on record that we do not support or endorse this decision of his," he tweeted.

The move came at a time when deliberations between Congress, NCP, and Shiv Sena had seemingly reached the final stage on Friday. Earlier, Sharad Pawar had claimed that there was a consensus on Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray as chief minister of the alliance government.

Shiv Sena bagged 56 seats while 44 seats went to Congress in the 288-member Maharashtra Assembly.

The BJP, which emerged as the single largest party, could not stake claim to form a government as its ally Shiv Sena remained firm on rotating the Chief Minister's post and equal sharing of Cabinet berths.

Shiv Sena parted its ways with BJP to explore ways to form a government. It, however, failed to prove the support of the required number of MLAs in the time given by state Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari.

The Governor had then invited NCP, the third-largest party, to prove its ability to form the government failing which President's Rule was imposed in the state. 

(With inputs from agencies)