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‘Pawarji tussi great ho’: Congress’s Singhvi after Fadnavis, Ajit Pawar take oath in Maharashtra

Senior Congress leader Abhishek Manu Singhvi blamed the duration of negotiations between his party, NCP and Shiv Sena for the developments in Maharashtra.

By: Express Web Desk | Mumbai, New Delhi | Updated: November 23, 2019 12:33:41 pm
Abhishek Manu Singhvi on Maharashtra govt formation: Pawarji tussi great ho Senior Congress leader Abhishek Manu Singhvi Saturday said that he thought it was fake news. (File Photo)

Reacting to the sudden twist in government formation in Maharashtra, senior Congress leader Abhishek Manu Singhvi Saturday said he thought the developments were “fake news”, but blamed the duration of negotiations between his party, NCP and Shiv Sena.

“Candidly and personally speaking, our tripartite negotiations should not have gone on for more than 3 days… took too long. Window given was grabbed by fast movers. Pawarji tussi grt ho!” he tweeted this morning.

Congress leader Randeep Singh Surjewala, in a tweet, said, “This is called betrayal of people’s mandate and giving contract for killing democracy.”

Devendra Fadnavis was sworn in as Maharashtra Chief Minister for a second time and NCP leader Ajit Pawar as his deputy on Saturday morning.

NCP chief Sharad Pawar said Ajit’s decision to join hands with the Fadnavis was personal. “Ajit Pawar’s decision to support the BJP to form the Maharashtra government is his personal decision and not that of the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP). we place on record that we do not support or endorse this decision of his,” he said.

Sharad Pawar had on Thursday night said there was a consensus among the NCP, Congress and Shiv Sena that Uddhav Thackeray should lead the new government. A formal announcement on government formation and the power-sharing agreement between the three parties was awaited amid indications of a tussle between the Congress and NCP for the Assembly Speaker’s post.

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