Fadnavis quits as Maharashtra CM, says new coalition short-lived

Three days after swearing in for the second term as chief minister of India’s richest state Maharashtra, Devendra Fadnavis resigned saying he does not have the numbers to win the trust vote ordered by the Supreme Court on Wednesday.

Fadnavis’ decision comes soon after Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar, his newfound ally leading the break-way faction of Nationalist Congress Party (NCP), quit even before taking office citing the same issue of numbers.

Addressing the media, Fadnavis blasted Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) pre-poll partner Shiv Sena for dishonouring the people’s clear mandate, lying on promises never made, threatening the party and breaking the alliance to join its political foes, Congress and NCP, blinded by the lust for power.

After BJP decided not to stake claim to form a government, the three parties talked for weeks but never reached a consensus on the common minimum programme to form a government. Their common maximum programme was to keep the BJP out of power in the state.

They accuse the BJP of indulging in horse trading. The party never did that.
Without naming Shiv Sena and NCP, he said BJP did not break any party or alliance.

The voters of Maharashtra gave BJP the mandate because of its good governance. However it fell short of majority to independently form a government. 

Even if Shiv Sena, NCP and Congress come to power, they will walk in three different directions because they are ideologically poles apart, he said.

BJP will sit in the opposition and voice the people’s concern in the assembly, he added.

Earlier, Ajit came under pressure from NCP to return to the fold as the party send more emissaries to pacify him. Ajit hinted that he would consider their request.