Ajit Pawar, Nationalist Congress Party leader who had pledged his party’s support to the Devendra Fadnavis government in Maharashtra, has resigned as Deputy Chief Minister.
Ajit Pawar’s exit could compromise the survival three-day-old Fadnavis government which had supported claim on the strength of Pawar’s letter that 54 Nationalist Congress Party support the Bharatiya Janata Party government.
Pawar’s exit from the government comes after continuing efforts by the NCP to convinced him to pull out of the Bharatiya Janata Party government in the state.
The last such effort was made this morning, around the same time that the Supreme Court delivered its verdict to fast-track Fadnavis’ floor test. In this, the top court held that it was important to quickly hold the floor test to minimise the possibility of horse-trading.
The top court’s verdict took the advantage away from the Devendra Fadnavis government.
People familiar with the development said Ajit Pawar gave his resignation to Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis; a copy was also sent to Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari.