Devendra Fadnavis now Maharashtra CM with shortest tenure of just 3 days
Devendra Fadnavis is likely to go down in the annals of Maharashtra history as the Chief Minister with the shortest second tenure, a mere three days. The BJP-led government helmed by Fadnavis and Ajit Pawar as his deputy was sworn in on Saturday morning
Ajit Pawar finally backed out of the alliance on Tuesday, after the Supreme Court ordered a floor test on Wednesday; the rest of his party MLAs had re-grouped under his uncle NCP chief Sharad Pawar, a day earlier. “After the court verdict came this morning, Ajit Pawar met me and told me that for some reason he cannot continue in this government and he resigned. After his resignation we do not have the numbers any more..We will be an efficient opposition, ’’ Fadnavis said in a media briefing before he headed to the Raj Bhavan to tender his resignation. “There has been no other government with such a short tenure in Maharashtra. In fact there has been no other instance where the Supreme Court has had to intervene with guidelines on how to conduct a floor test (in the state). We have so far had stable governments though Chief Ministers have been changed as per party diktats, ’ said Anant Kalse, former principal secretary of the Maharashtra Legislature Secretariat.
The Congress’ caretaker CM, P K Sawant served in the top job only for nine days in 1964, post the death of the incumbent CM Marotrao Kannamwar.
The last time Maharashtra witnessed a similar potboiler was in 1978, and that too involved Sharad Pawar. “In 1978, Sharad Pawar split the Congress to form the government with the Janata Party. But, even that government lasted two years, ’’ said Prakash Pawar, a political analyst.
Unlike his nephew, Sharad Pawar, proved his majority on the floor of the house in July 1978 to emerge as the state’s youngest Chief Minister. The Progressive Democratic Front government led by him lasted until February 1980.
In a tragic incident, a tehsildar and a patwari (village accountant) were washed away while crossing a bridge of the swollen Siwan river in a car on Tuesday night, said police. Police recovered the body of patwari Mahendra Rajak and the car about 4km away but tehsildar Narendra Singh Thakur remains missing. The rescue teams are trying to locate tehsildar. Rescue teams continue looking for Thakur across the river.
Karnataka Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai on Tuesday said his government will provide two per cent reservation in all state departments to sportspersons on the lines of the existing quota in the police and forest department. "The Karnataka government has given 2 per cent reservation for the sports persons in Police and Forest Departments. A file about extending this reservation to other departments will be approved," said Bommai.
The Bengaluru International Short Film Festival (BISFF) - the 12th edition ran from August 4 to 14 this year in theatres as well as OTT platforms, has declared winners from the International, Animation, Women's Cinema Collective and Lets Include categories. “Congratulations to all the Winners!” the festival's official Twitter page posted. There were 23 entries in the international section, 22 in the Indian, and 20 in Karnataka.
Bhopal-Jabalpur Jan Shatabdi Express with the state's maiden vista dome coach was on Wednesday flagged off from Kamalapati Railway Station by state ministers Usha Thakur and Vishvas Sarang. Principal secretary of tourism and culture of Madhya Pradesh, Sheo Shekhar Shukla, listed the ways in which vista dome would improve the travelling experience. Under the initiative of the Madhya Pradesh tourism board, the coach was installed by the Indian Railways.
Former Karnataka minister and BJP MLA KS Eshwarappa on Wednesday directly attacked the Congress as Eshwarappa said not only in Karnataka or south India, the Congress is supporting the anti-nationals all across the country. Be it the PFI or the SDPI, the Congress is supporting them. “The man who removed Savarkar's photo is an SDPI worker whose wife is a Congress councillor,” Eshwarappa said. A young man named Prem Singh was stabbed amid the tension.