After news started coming in of NCP leader Ajit Pawar resigning as the Deputy Chief Minister in the Devendra Fadnavis government, Shiv Sena said he is with the alliance and Uddhav Thackeray will be the CM face of the Sena-NCP-Congress combine.
Speaking to reporters after the resignation of Ajit Pawar, Sanjay Raut spoke to the media and said, "Ajit Dada has resigned and he is with us. Uddhav Thackeray will be the chief minister of Maharashtra for 5 years."
Sanjay Raut also said that they have established contact with Ajit Pawar.
Shiv Sena has now said the chief minister will be from their party and Uddhav Thackeray will be the CM for five years. NCP chief Sharad Pawar on Monday admitted that there was a delay in staking claim to form the government over differences regarding power sharing.
In yet another surprise move on Tuesday, just four days after he pulled off a major coup against uncle Sharad Pawar, Ajit Pawar resigned from the Fadnavis government as the Deputy CM.
This comes a day before the Fadnavis government will face floor test in the Maharashtra assembly where it claims it has the support of 170 MLAs, including 54 of NCP, which Ajit Pawar had promised.
Shiv Sena-NCP-Congress alliance has also maintained that they have the numbers in their favour. On Monday night, the alliance paraded 162 MLAs, staked claim to form the government and presented a letter of support to Governor BS Koshyari.