Hours after the month-long political impasse ended dramatically with Devendra Fadnavis returned as the chief minister of Maharashtra again, backed by the Sharad Pawar-led NCP, senior Shiv Sena leader on Saturday hit out at the new deputy CM of the State, Ajit Pawar and said that Pawar has backstabbed people of Maharashtra.
Responding to the big twist in Maharashtra govt formation, Raut said, Ajit Pawar was present at the meeting till 9 pm on Friday. He, however, left the meeting in between and was unable to look into our eyes. One who commits sin can not look into others' eyes, Pawar was behaving like that.
The senior Sena leader Raut backed Sharad Pawar and said the NCP has nothing to do with this, Ajit Pawar has backstabbed the people of Maharashtra.
#WATCH Sanjay Raut, Shiv Sena: Kal 9 baje tak ye mahashaye (Ajit Pawar) hamare saath baithe the, achanak se gayab ho gaye baad mein. Vo nazro se nazre mila kar nahi bol rahe the, jo vyakti paap karne jata hai uski nazar jaise jhukti hai, waise jhuki nazro se baat kar rahe the. pic.twitter.com/dL6olqXFK9— ANI (@ANI) November 23, 2019
"Uddhav Thackeray and Sharad Pawar are in touch and will meet also later in the day, they might also address the media together. But the fact is that Ajit Pawar and the MLAs supporting him have insulted Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj and Maharashtra people," Raut said.
On the other hand, NCP Chief has clarified that the decision of going with BJP to form the government in Maharashtra is of his nephew Ajit Pawar, who took as Deputy Chief Minister.
"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," Sharad Pawar tweeted.
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).— Sharad Pawar (@PawarSpeaks) November 23, 2019
We place on record that we do not support or endorse this decision of his.
Earlier, Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis on Saturday took oath for the second term and said that he will provide a stable government in the state following entering into an alliance with the NCP.
Ajit Pawar, after taking oath as the deputy chief minister, said: "From result day on October 24, no party was able to form the government. Maharashtra was facing many problems, including farmers' issues. So we decided to form a stable government."
The surprise swearing-in is being described as a political masterstroke of Sharad Pawar, who on Thursday night had said there was a consensus among the NCP, Congress and Shiv Sena that Uddhav Thackeray should lead the new government.
(With Inputs from Agencies)