Fadnavis resigns, tears into Shiv Sena at fiery presser

Fadnavis resigns, tears into Shiv Sena at fiery presser

Devendra Fadnavis resigned as Maharashtra Chief Minister on Friday with no sign of a new government and his BJP and its ally Shiv Sena no closer to forming one together. Mr Fadnavis met with Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari to hand in his resignation hours before the midnight deadline for government formation.

Addressing the media, Mr Fadnavis thanked his party, colleagues and even the Shiv Sena. In the same breath, he questioned whether the Shiv Sena, which had not spared Prime Minister Narendra Modi from its attacks, was worth continuing an alliance with.

"In the past 15 days, the statements by the Shiv Sena or their demands, we have never promised anything. There was no discussion to give the Sena two-and-a-half years to rule, at least in my presence," he reiterated.

The BJP and Shiv Sena failed to resolve a feud that began hours after they won a clear majority in last month's Maharashtra election.

On October 24, the day of the results, Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray sought to remind the BJP of a "50:50" power-sharing arrangement including chief ministership for the Sena for two-and-a-half years of the five-year term.

Mr Fadnavis, hoping for his second full term, rejected such a deal, but the BJP offered deputy chief ministership and key ministries, something that failed to mollify its long-term ally.

"Uddhav Thackeray have had a very close relationship. I tried to talk to him on several occasions, I even called him on the phone but he did not speak. The Shiv Sena consciously made sure that there was no communication with BJP but with the Congress and the NCP (Nationalist Congress Party)," said the caretaker Chief Minister.