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How the Maharashtra Coup d'etat Transpired: A Look at Past 12 Hours of Action

BJP's Devendra Fadnavis took oath as the Maharashtra chief minister for a second term while Nationalist Conference Party chief Sharad Pawar's nephew, Ajit Pawar, became his deputy.


Updated:November 23, 2019, 8:50 PM IST
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How the Maharashtra Coup d'etat Transpired: A Look at Past 12 Hours of Action
Devendra Fadnavis and Ajit Pawar shake hands after the oath taking ceremony outside Raj Bhavan in Mumbai. (Image: Special Arrangement)

Mumbai: In a stunning political development, Maharashtra Governor BS Koshyari on Saturday morning administered the oath of office to Bharatiya Janata Party leader Devendra Fadnavis as the new Chief Minister of Maharashtra and Nationalist Congress Party leader Ajit Pawar as the new Deputy Chief Minister.

For the people of Maharashtra, it was a surprise package of an unusual alliance.

Here's how the month-long political impasse in Maharashtra ended dramatically on Saturday:

Sometime around 11.45 night: Ajit Pawar-BJP Deal finalised.

11.55pm Friday: Faadnavis speaks to Party and requests for swearing-in before anyone in Sena-NCP-Congress comes to know and stakes claim.

12.30am Saturday: Governor who was to travel out of Mumbai to New Delhi, cancels his travel

02.10 am: Secy to Governor told to submit revocation order at 5.47 and arrange swearing in at 6.30 a.m.

2.30 am: Secy informs he will submit file within two hours and advises 7.30 a.m. for swearing in as arrangements have to be made early on Saturday.

11.45pm on Friday till Saturday 9am: Ajit Pawar stays put with Fadnavis, not to go back till sworn in.

5.30am: Both Ajit and Fadnavis arrive at Raj Bhavan.

President's Rule revoked at 5.47 am, but announced at 9 am.

7.50am: Swearing in starts by Governor B.S. Koshyari

8.10am: Big news breaks

8.40am: PM Modi congratulates new CM and Dy CM

8.10am: Reactions start pouring in.

With inputs from agencies

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| Edited by: Ahona Sengupta
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