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'Thought it was fake news': Abhishek Manu Singhvi thinks what he read about Maharashtra was 'surreal'

He also said that the tripartite negotiations between Congress, NCP and the Shiv Sena took too long to complete and the window of opportunity was grabbed by the 'fast movers'.

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'Thought it was fake news': Abhishek Manu Singhvi thinks what he read about Maharashtra was 'surreal'
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Congress leader Abhishek Manu Singhvi was so flabbergasted with the latest political developments in Maharashtra that he did not believe them first and thought of it as 'fake news', he said on Saturday, adding that the tripartite negotiations between Congress, NCP and the Shiv Sena took too long to complete and the window of opportunity was grabbed by the 'fast movers'.

"Surreal wht I read abt #Maharashtra. Thought it was fake news. Candidly &personally speaking, our tripartite negotiations shd not have gone on for more than 3 days...took too long. Window given was grabbed by fast movers. #pawarji tussi grt ho! Amazing if true, still not sure," Abhishek Singhvi posted from his official Twitter handle.

 

 

In a sudden development, Devendra Fadnavis on Saturday took oath as Maharashtra Chief Minister for his second term and NCP's Ajit Pawar took oath as deputy chief minister. The oath was administered by Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari at Raj Bhawan.

After taking the oath, Devendra Fadnavis said, "People had given us a clear mandate but Shiv Sena tried to ally with other parties after results, as a result, President's rule was imposed. Maharashtra needed a stable government and not a 'khichdi' government."

Meanwhile, NCP's Ajit Pawar said, "From result day to this day no party was able to form the government, Maharashtra was facing many problems including farmer issues, so we decided to form a stable government."

Shiv Sena's leader Sanjay Raut on Saturday slammed Ajit Pawar's decision of aligning with BJP and forming government in Maharashtra. Hitting out at Ajit Pawar, Raut said: "Sharad Pawar saheb has nothing to do with this, Ajit Pawar has backstabbed the people of Maharashtra."

After weeks of uncertainty on government formation in Maharashtra, it seems that a breakthrough on the matter has finally been reached with this resolve. Ever since after Maharashtra results, reports were doing the rounds that there will be a Shiv Sena-NCP-Congress government, however, the three parties were working on the common minimum programme but had not reached to any conclusion.

Reports were doing the rounds that Congress and NCP wanted Uddhav Thackeray to be the Chief Minister if Sena-NCP-Congress government was formed in the state, however, Saturday came as a surprise when Devendra Fadnavis and Aji Pawar took oath as Chief Minister and Deputy CM.

BJP and Shiv Sena fought the elections together and had a comfortable majority to form the government but the two parties didn't reach any consensus on the '50-50 formula' that led to the break-up of ties.

Shiv Sena has 56 seats in the Maharashtra Assembly, way below the half-way mark of 144, it needed both the NCP's 54 and Congress' 44 legislators to reach the magic number.

President's rule was imposed on Maharashtra after no party was able to form the government even 20 days after assembly election results which were declared on October 24.

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