File photo of Maharashtra chief minister Devendra Fadnavis. | Photo: Praveen Jain/ThePrint
File photo of Maharashtra chief minister Devendra Fadnavis. | Photo: Praveen Jain/ThePrint
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Mumbai: In an early morning political coup Saturday, Maharashtra Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari made preparations to swear in a BJP-NCP government after President’s rule was revoked in the state.

At 7.50 am, Raj Bhavan came alive to the swearing-in proceedings and BJP’s Devendra Fadnavis was sworn in for a second term as chief minister.

Ajit Pawar, the legislative party leader of the NCP, was sworn in as the deputy chief minister.

By the time the Shiv Sena, NCP and the Congress woke up to a new day for discussions on government formation among them, the latest developments shocked them into a huddle.

As the political crisis deepens in Maharashtra, ThePrint traces the sequence of events from late Friday up until the swearing-in ceremony to create a timeline.

22 November

8.00 pm: NCP, Shiv Sena and Congress leaders hold a meeting to decide the contours of the government formation.

8.45 – 9 pm: Ajit Pawar leaves the meeting

10.00 – 10.30 pm: NCP chief Sharad Pawar tells reporters outside the meeting venue that all three parties have unanimously agreed over name of Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray as the next Maharashtra CM.

11.30 – 11.50 pm: Ajit Pawar finalises a deal to support a BJP government in Maharashtra.

23 November

12 am: Devendra Fadnavis contacts his party top brass and says that a swearing-in ceremony can take place before daylight.

12.15 – 12.40 am: Governor B.S. Koshyari cancels his scheduled visit to Delhi. He was scheduled to travel in the morning.

12.30 am: Koshyari asks his secretary to take the necessary steps to revoke President’s Rule.

2.30 – 2.45 am: The secretary informs the Governor that it will take at least two hours for the revocation papers to be ready. The secretary also says that the swearing-in can take place by 7.30 am.

5.30 am: Ajit Pawar reaches Raj Bhavan. Devendra Fadnavis reaches too at the same time, but separately.

5.47 am: Governor revokes President’s Rule.

7.50 am: Koshyari starts the swearing-in ceremony. Devendra Fadnavis is sworn in as the new chief minister and Ajit Pawar as his deputy.

8.45 am: Prime Minister Narendra Modi congratulates Fadnavis and Pawar on the government formation.

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5 COMMENTS

  1. TO BECOME SHAMELESS is some baD these days especially every crooked politician behave like real crook BORN TO BECOME RICH BY LOTTING THE TX PAYERS MONEY . BJP ARE NOT ALL SAINTS BUT PRETENDS TO BE “HONEST” shamefully there NOT AT ALL HONEST . THIS MOVES PROVES BEYOND DOUBLTS THAT BJP Is just liker any other third rate crook set out loot and rob the teasury . ONLY LORD RAM STRIKE THESE CROOKED POLITICIAN WITH DEATH or GOD MUST DESTROY THESE CROOKED POLITICIANS . ONLY THEN BHARAT WILL IMPROVE AND MOVE FORWARD. THE FINANCIAL STATE OF MAHARASHTRA AND THE COUNTRY IS VERY POOR BUT WHO CARE AL:S LONG AS POLITICIANS CAN LOOT AND LOOT

  2. it reflects the state level political parties fine dramatic cunning to capture power at any cost. is it good democracy. people’s mandate defeated. ugly scenes. All mighty God alone. save the Maharastra.

  3. Could the columnist kindly clarify whether the Governor can revoke President’s rule at his discretion, once he is satisfied that a government that will be able to prove its majority should be sworn in ; Or, this is a decision to be taken by the President, acting on the advice of the Cabinet, after it considers a report / recommendation from the Governor.

  4. The BJP spokesperson’s explanations on TV about the developments have been comical, suggesting that only BJP provides a stable GOvt and that 105 seats mean it’s a mandate for Fadnavis. WHy not be truthful and say we just showed the ED probe reports to the NCP ?

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