As the morning newspapers splashed the headlines that Mr. Udhav Thakeray was being installed as Chief Minister of Maharashtra , came the television's 'breaking news'of the outgoing chief minister Devendra Phadnavis as being installed in that seat at a decision arrived at 5.57 am.
Thus ended month-long political impasse with Mr. Fadnavis back in the saddle again, backed by the Sharad Pawar-led National Congress Party. The NCP leader, Mr. Ajit Pawar, was sworn in as the Deputy Chief Minister at Raj Bhavan.
The state Governor, Mr. Bhagat Singh Koshyari, administered the oath to the two in the early morning ceremony, where only official media was allowed to be present.
Mr. Fadnavis said on the occasion, 'The people had given us a clear mandate, but the Shiv Sena tried to ally with other parties after the results, after which President’s rule was imposed. Maharashtra needed a stable government, not a ‘khichidi’ govt.'
Echoing these sentiments his deputy, Mr. Pawar, after taking oath, said: 'From the result day on October 24, no party was able to form the government. Maharashtra was facing many problems, including farmer issues. So we decided to form a stable government.'
On Thursday night Mr. Sharad Pawar had said there has been a consensus among the NCP, Congress and Shiv Sena that Uddhav Thackeray should lead the new government. Tishe did after hectic parleys during which he flew to Delhi to meet the Congress President, Mrs. Sonia Gandhi, and other leaders and also held discussions with leaders of other national Parties to keep the BJP out.