Photos: Summarising the 2019 Maharashtra government formation tussle

Updated On Nov 27, 2019 06:00 PM IST

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-led government in Maharashtra collapsed on Tuesday as chief minister Devendra Fadnavis admitted his administration didn’t command a majority and resigned, capping 80 dramatic hours in which dissident Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) leader Ajit Pawar broke ranks and took oath as deputy CM, only to find himself unable to muster the required support. The fall of the four-day-old government came hours after the Supreme Court ordered a floor test by 5pm on Wednesday, and paved the way for an Opposition coalition of the Shiv Sena, NCP and Congress — the Maharashtra Vikas Aghadi — stake claim to power. A brief recap of the events that led to this dramatic turn.

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Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray after he was selected as the chief ministerial candidate by the Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) coalition of the Shiv Sena, NCP and Congress at Trident hotel, in Mumbai on November 26, 2019. The MVA is the latest contender to staking a claim to the state government after over a month speculation over fragmented results from the October 21 Vidhan Sabha polls. (HT Photo) View Photos in a new improved layout
Updated on Nov 27, 2019 06:00 PM IST

Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray after he was selected as the chief ministerial candidate by the Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) coalition of the Shiv Sena, NCP and Congress at Trident hotel, in Mumbai on November 26, 2019. The MVA is the latest contender to staking a claim to the state government after over a month speculation over fragmented results from the October 21 Vidhan Sabha polls. (HT Photo)

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Celebrations outside BJP office Nariman point in Mumbai, on Thursday, October 24, 2019. The 2019 Maharashtra Legislative Assembly election was held on October 21, to elect 288 members. Of these the Bharatiya Janta Party (BJP) won 105 seats, Shiv Sena won 56, Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) won 54 while Indian National Congress won 44. (Vijayanand Gupta / HT Photo) View Photos in a new improved layout
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Celebrations outside BJP office Nariman point in Mumbai, on Thursday, October 24, 2019. The 2019 Maharashtra Legislative Assembly election was held on October 21, to elect 288 members. Of these the Bharatiya Janta Party (BJP) won 105 seats, Shiv Sena won 56, Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) won 54 while Indian National Congress won 44. (Vijayanand Gupta / HT Photo)

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A tally of 145 seats was needed to prove the majority in the assembly and form the government. After declaration of the results on October 24, the Shiv Sena declined to support BJP demanding an equal share in the government and split tenure for the CM post at 2.5 years for both parties. (HT Photo) View Photos in a new improved layout
Updated on Nov 27, 2019 06:00 PM IST

A tally of 145 seats was needed to prove the majority in the assembly and form the government. After declaration of the results on October 24, the Shiv Sena declined to support BJP demanding an equal share in the government and split tenure for the CM post at 2.5 years for both parties. (HT Photo)

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On November 8, Governor B S Koshyari invited the BJP to form government as the single largest party, an offer it declined on November 10 –unable to prove majority. The invite passed on to the Shiv Sena which requested three days time to give the letters of support but was denied, the offer passing on November 11 to the NCP. Koshyari on November 12 recommended President’s Rule, a move accepted and imposed in the state. (PTI) View Photos in a new improved layout
Updated on Nov 27, 2019 06:00 PM IST

On November 8, Governor B S Koshyari invited the BJP to form government as the single largest party, an offer it declined on November 10 –unable to prove majority. The invite passed on to the Shiv Sena which requested three days time to give the letters of support but was denied, the offer passing on November 11 to the NCP. Koshyari on November 12 recommended President’s Rule, a move accepted and imposed in the state. (PTI)

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The Shiv Sena moved the Supreme Court against Governor Koshyari’s decision not to extend the time given to it to prove its ability to form the government. On November 20, the Congress-NCP alliance gave its most categorical indication about joining hands with Shiv Sena. Several top leaders of the two parties again met at NCP chief Sharad Pawar’s residence on Thursday in New Delhi. (HT Photo) View Photos in a new improved layout
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The Shiv Sena moved the Supreme Court against Governor Koshyari’s decision not to extend the time given to it to prove its ability to form the government. On November 20, the Congress-NCP alliance gave its most categorical indication about joining hands with Shiv Sena. Several top leaders of the two parties again met at NCP chief Sharad Pawar’s residence on Thursday in New Delhi. (HT Photo)

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November 23 sprung a surprise with President’s rule revoked in the early hours of the day and BJP’s Devendra Fadanvis taking oath as the CM with NCP’s then parliamentary party leader Ajit Pawar as Deputy CM. Ajit Pawar’s move was not endorsed by NCP chief Sharad Pawar and brought to light signs of a split within the party. (HT Photo) View Photos in a new improved layout
Updated on Nov 27, 2019 06:00 PM IST

November 23 sprung a surprise with President’s rule revoked in the early hours of the day and BJP’s Devendra Fadanvis taking oath as the CM with NCP’s then parliamentary party leader Ajit Pawar as Deputy CM. Ajit Pawar’s move was not endorsed by NCP chief Sharad Pawar and brought to light signs of a split within the party. (HT Photo)

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While Fadnavis took oath for the second consecutive term as the state’s Chief Minister in a ceremony held at Raj Bhawan, The Nationalist Congress Party on the other hand late moved 44 of its MLAs to Renaissance Hotel on Saturday. Amid the political drama and threat of ‘poaching’ of MLAs, the Congress and Shiv Sena also shifted their legislators to different luxury hotels in Mumbai. (ANI) View Photos in a new improved layout
Updated on Nov 27, 2019 06:00 PM IST

While Fadnavis took oath for the second consecutive term as the state’s Chief Minister in a ceremony held at Raj Bhawan, The Nationalist Congress Party on the other hand late moved 44 of its MLAs to Renaissance Hotel on Saturday. Amid the political drama and threat of ‘poaching’ of MLAs, the Congress and Shiv Sena also shifted their legislators to different luxury hotels in Mumbai. (ANI)

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Congress leader Prithviraj Chavan with Randeep Surjewala after a hearing on the Maharashtra government formation issue at Supreme Court. The SC on November 24 commenced hearing a plea filed by the Shiv Sena-NCP-Congress combine against the Maharashtra Governor’s decision to swear in Devendra Fadnavis as CM. The petitioners had requested the Supreme Court to order a floor test to be held on Sunday itself. (Vipin Kumar / HT Photo) View Photos in a new improved layout
Updated on Nov 27, 2019 06:00 PM IST

Congress leader Prithviraj Chavan with Randeep Surjewala after a hearing on the Maharashtra government formation issue at Supreme Court. The SC on November 24 commenced hearing a plea filed by the Shiv Sena-NCP-Congress combine against the Maharashtra Governor’s decision to swear in Devendra Fadnavis as CM. The petitioners had requested the Supreme Court to order a floor test to be held on Sunday itself. (Vipin Kumar / HT Photo)

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The Congress protested vociferously both inside and outside Parliament on November 25 against the political developments in Maharashtra as it stalled proceedings and accused the BJP of “murdering democracy” in the state. Opposition parties, including the Congress and the Shiv Sena, skipped a joint sitting of both Houses of Parliament on Constitution Day to mark their protest against the BJP’s alleged high-handedness in Maharashtra. (Mohd Zakir / HT Photo) View Photos in a new improved layout
Updated on Nov 27, 2019 06:00 PM IST

The Congress protested vociferously both inside and outside Parliament on November 25 against the political developments in Maharashtra as it stalled proceedings and accused the BJP of “murdering democracy” in the state. Opposition parties, including the Congress and the Shiv Sena, skipped a joint sitting of both Houses of Parliament on Constitution Day to mark their protest against the BJP’s alleged high-handedness in Maharashtra. (Mohd Zakir / HT Photo)

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Prithviraj Chavan (C) shows the victory sign after SC ordered a floor test to determine the strength of the BJP-led Maharashtra government by 5 p.m. on November 27 after considering the competing claims. The three justice bench of the top court were of the opinion that since oath taking of the MLAs had not taken place a floor test should be conducted as soon as possible on November 27. (Biplov Bhuyan / HT Photo) View Photos in a new improved layout
Updated on Nov 27, 2019 06:00 PM IST

Prithviraj Chavan (C) shows the victory sign after SC ordered a floor test to determine the strength of the BJP-led Maharashtra government by 5 p.m. on November 27 after considering the competing claims. The three justice bench of the top court were of the opinion that since oath taking of the MLAs had not taken place a floor test should be conducted as soon as possible on November 27. (Biplov Bhuyan / HT Photo)

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Devendra Fadnavis submits his resignation to Governor Koshyari on November 26, hours after Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar also submitted his resignation --barely 80 hours after they were sworn in on November 23. The political development was greeted with distribution of sweets and celebrations by activists of the Shiv Sena, Natioanlist Congress Party and Congress, besides other smaller parties. (PTI) View Photos in a new improved layout
Updated on Nov 27, 2019 06:00 PM IST

Devendra Fadnavis submits his resignation to Governor Koshyari on November 26, hours after Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar also submitted his resignation --barely 80 hours after they were sworn in on November 23. The political development was greeted with distribution of sweets and celebrations by activists of the Shiv Sena, Natioanlist Congress Party and Congress, besides other smaller parties. (PTI)

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NCP chief Sharad Pawar speaks as Shiv Sena President Uddhav Thackeray and other leaders look on during a meeting to pick Thackeray as their nominee for Maharashtra chief minister's post on November 26. Thackeray is set to be the next chief minister after a resolution proposing his name was passed unanimously by all MLAs of Shiv Sena, NCP and Congress. (PTI) View Photos in a new improved layout
Updated on Nov 27, 2019 06:00 PM IST

NCP chief Sharad Pawar speaks as Shiv Sena President Uddhav Thackeray and other leaders look on during a meeting to pick Thackeray as their nominee for Maharashtra chief minister's post on November 26. Thackeray is set to be the next chief minister after a resolution proposing his name was passed unanimously by all MLAs of Shiv Sena, NCP and Congress. (PTI)

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Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari (R) holds a meeting with Maharashtra's designated chief minister, Shiv Sena Party's leader Uddhav Thackeray in Mumbai. Thackeray late on Tuesday staked his claim to form the government. The Governor accepted the claim and announced that Thackeray will be sworn-in November 28 (Thursday) at Shivaji Park. (Governor House Mumbai / AFP) View Photos in a new improved layout
Updated on Nov 27, 2019 06:00 PM IST

Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari (R) holds a meeting with Maharashtra's designated chief minister, Shiv Sena Party's leader Uddhav Thackeray in Mumbai. Thackeray late on Tuesday staked his claim to form the government. The Governor accepted the claim and announced that Thackeray will be sworn-in November 28 (Thursday) at Shivaji Park. (Governor House Mumbai / AFP)

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NCP leader and Lok Sabha MP Supriya Sule greets Sarriving MLAs at Vidhan Bhawan in Mumbai on Wednesday. Amid camaraderie and cheerful faces all around, some 283 of the total 288 newly-elected legislators of Maharashtra Legislative Assembly took oath of office at the Vidhan Bhavan on Wednesday afternoon. At the Vidhan Bhavan NCP MP Supriya Sule, Aaditya Thackeray and several Congress bigwigs warmly welcomed them. (ANI) View Photos in a new improved layout
Updated on Nov 27, 2019 06:00 PM IST

NCP leader and Lok Sabha MP Supriya Sule greets Sarriving MLAs at Vidhan Bhawan in Mumbai on Wednesday. Amid camaraderie and cheerful faces all around, some 283 of the total 288 newly-elected legislators of Maharashtra Legislative Assembly took oath of office at the Vidhan Bhavan on Wednesday afternoon. At the Vidhan Bhavan NCP MP Supriya Sule, Aaditya Thackeray and several Congress bigwigs warmly welcomed them. (ANI)

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