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Will Ajit Pawar become the CM? New developments in the power game in Maharashtra as Fadnavis breaks his silence

by khushahal vishwakarma
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Amidst discussions of a new turn in the political power game in Maharashtra, Congress leader Prithviraj Chavan claimed that Ajit Pawar will be appointed as the CM around 10th August after the disqualification of 15 other Shiv Sena MLAs, including CM Shinde.

After joining the NCP in the state, NCP leader Ajit Pawar took the oath as the Deputy Chief Minister of Maharashtra, a post he shares with BJP’s Devendra Fadnavis. (File Photo: Indian Express)

Amidst strong indications that the BJP is considering appointing NCP’s Ajit Pawar as the Chief Minister, replacing Shiv Sena’s Eknath Shinde, Deputy Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis finally broke his silence on the matter, clarifying that no such decision has been made. He stated that he is working in tandem with Pawar.

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Since joining the government along with other rebel NCP MLAs, there has been unrest within the Shiv Sena camp led by Shinde. Pawar was sworn in as the Deputy CM of the state while 7 other NCP MLAs took oath as ministers. The looming threat of disqualification and pending decisions from the party president has caused anxiety among the members of the camp.

On the other hand, the NCP itself is facing its own troubles. Party chief Sharad Pawar has vowed action against Ajit’s faction, which claims control over the established party. However, both factions of the party’s MLAs are uncertain about whom to support.

In the midst of another round of political speculations in Maharashtra, CM Shinde visited Delhi at the beginning of this week and reported having had a meeting with senior BJP leadership. This was his second visit to Delhi in a week, where he attended the NDA meeting on 18th July. Sena leaders dismissed any connection between Shinde’s Delhi visit and a potential change in power in Maharashtra, stating that a cabinet expansion is expected only after the conclusion of the monsoon session of the current assembly.

Meanwhile, Fadnavis clarified in his conversation with reporters on Monday that there is no question of a change in Maharashtra’s CM and asserted that Ajit Pawar was fully briefed on this during their meeting on 2nd July.

Fadnavis told the journalists, “As the leader of the largest party in the ‘MahaYuti’ (Grand Alliance), I officially inform you that Ajit Pawar will not be the CM of Maharashtra.” He provided a clear picture of the power-sharing formula, and both parties agreed on it.

“He (Ajit) not only agreed to it but also clarified in his speech that there is no discussion about changing the government in Maharashtra,” Fadnavis added.

Chavan’s statement came after Fadnavis’s remarks and the claim of disqualification against CM Shinde and 15 other Shiv Sena MLAs, with Ajit Pawar reportedly set to be appointed as the CM around 10th August.

Chavan also asserted that the BJP is not interested in having Shinde lead them in the next Lok Sabha elections as he does not have any influence outside his home district Thane.

Chavan said, “BJP now has an alternative in Ajit Pawar.” “It seems from the understanding of the top BJP leadership that they want to make Ajit Pawar the CM and contest the elections together,” he added.

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