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Devendra Fadnavis resigns a day ahead of Maharashtra Assembly tenure gets over

The Bharatiya Janata Party and the Shiv Sena had contested the Maharashtra elections under the aegis of 'Mahayuti', are bickering over sharing chief ministerial post since October 24, when the poll results were out.

India TV Politics Desk Edited by: India TV Politics Desk
New Delhi Updated on: November 08, 2019 17:31 IST

Update: A day ahead of the Maharashtra Assembly tenure was set to end, Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis has resigned from his post on Saturday. Fadnavis submitted his resignation after meeting Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari. 

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Sena president Uddhav Thackeray, who hasn't blinked in the protracted battle of nerves with the senior alliance partner, was quoted as saying that the Amit Shah-led party should approach him only if ready to give Sena the CMs post.

On Thursday, Thackeray chaired a meeting of Sena's new MLAs for over an hour, during which the legislators reiterated that the "equal sharing of posts and responsibilities" formula agreed upon before the Lok Sabha polls should be implemented.

Meanwhile, the Shiv Sena on Friday remained firm on its demand for sharing the chief minister's post in Maharashtra and asked the BJP not to misuse the provision of "caretaker" government to remain in power in the state. 

The BJP should approach the Uddhav Thackeray-led party only if it agrees to share the chief minister's post with the junior saffron ally, Sena leader Sanjay Raut said. 

Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis should resign as the term of the existing assembly is ending on November 9, the Sena spokesman while talking to reporters.

The BJP, which emerged as the single largest party in the October 21 polls winning 105 seats, and its ally Sena, distant second largest with 56 seats, have not staked claim to form a government together or separately till now.

The two parties, which contested the election under the aegis of 'Mahayuti', are bickering over sharing chief ministerial post since October 24, when the poll results were out.

The NCP and the Congress won 54 and 44 seats, respectively, in the election to the 288-member assembly where the majority mark is 145.

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