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26/11/2019 8:55 PM IST

Maharashtra: NCP, Congress Back Uddhav Thackeray As CM

Shiv Sena-Congress-NCP MLAs and leaders, including Sharad Pawar, were present at the meeting.

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Shiv Sena leader Uddhav Thackeray in Mumbai earlier this month.

After a day of dramatic political developments in Maharashtra, the Shiv Sena-Congress-NCP combine confirmed that the right-wing party’s chief, Uddhav Thackeray, will be their chief minister. 

Jayant Patil, the leader of NCP’s legislative party, proposed Thackeray’s name at a joint meeting of the three parties at hotel Trident in Mumbai.
The proposal was seconded by the Congress’s legislative party leader Balasaheb Thorat.

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Thackeray, Sharad Pawar, Ashok Chavan and all the Congress-Shiv Sena-NCP MLAs were present at the meeting.

After days of twists and turns, on Tuesday morning, the Supreme Court ordered the Devendra Fadnavis-led BJP, backed by NCP’s Ajit Pawar, to prove its majority through a floor test on Wednesday. Fadnavis resigned as chief minister and Ajit Pawar stepped down as deputy chief minister on Tuesday. Fadnavis said Ajit Pawar had submitted his resignation saying that he couldn’t continue in alliance “due to personal reasons”.

It is still unclear whether Ajit Pawar will go back to the NCP or not.

The Shiv Sena-Congress-NCP combine is likely to demand that Thackeray be sworn in as the next chief minister by Wednesday.