The complications over the Maharashtra Government have people hooked to the news better than any Ekta Kapoor serial ever could. It all started with the unexpected falling out of BJP and Shiv Sena after winning a clear majority. Political drama, a public family feud, plot twists, and a court case ensued. Here's everything that has happened ever since the Maharashtra election results were announced.
Maharashtra State Elections and Dharma Yudh
When the results of the single-phase poll elections were declared on 24th October, no one was surprised. BJP and Shiv Sena's coalition formed the clear majority with 105 and 26 seats respectively. However, controversy soon followed with disagreements over how the government would be run.
Shiv Sena claimed that the BJP had gone back on an agreement over distributing the term between the two parties, with Shiv Sena's Uddhav Thackeray promised Chief Minister position for half-term. Without Shiv Sena's seats, the BJP's majority was not enough. Hence, having fallen out with their allies, they refused to form the government.
President's Rule and An Unlikely Alliance
With uncertainty and no agreements about government formation, President's Rule was imposed on 12th November; an entire 18 days after the declaration of results.
Shiv Sena, NCP, and Congress hence began talks of an alliance. This was quite a surprise, as the parties have usually been at warheads with each other; however, this was the only way a non-BJP government could be formed. Each party needed the other 2 in order to add up to enough seats for a majority.
On Friday, 22nd November, the terms of the alliance were announced. The government would, after all, be led by Uddhav Thackeray as CM.
"Death Of Democracy" and Dynasty
Saturday, however, would wake the unlikely team-up to an unpleasant surprise. At 5:47 am, President's Rule was revoked and Devendra Fadnavis was sworn in as CM for yet another term, with Ajit Pawar acting as deputy.
The NCP was quick to react, declaring that Ajit Pawar did not have the support of their MLAs; hence, the formed government should be invalid. Sharad Pawar, Ajit's uncle, stated that his nephew had acted independently and did not represent the party's wishes. Shiv Sena, NCP, and Congress took the matter to the Supreme Court, whose hearing took place at 10:30 today. The judgement has been reserved until 10:30 am tomorrow, with the triple-threat urging for an immediate floor test and BJP arguing that the SC shouldn't intervene on the Governor's role of initiating the floor test.
The floor test would determine how many MLAs really stand on each side, clearing the matter once and for all.