New Delhi: A day after holding a late-night joint meeting with his deputy Ajit Pawar, Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis on Monday sanctioned Rs 5,380 crore relief for unseasonal rain-affected farmers. The relief was granted from the Maharashtra Contingency Fund.

“@Dev_Fadnavis sanctions another ₹5380 crores from Maharashtra Contingency Fund to give relief to unseasonal rain-affected farmers,” the Chief Minister’s Office (CMO) said in a tweet.

The development comes after CM Fadnavis took suggestions from his deputy over various measures for additional support to unseasonal rain-affected farmers.

In the midst of the rising battle from the Shiv Sena-Congress-NCP alliance, Fadnavis took charge as the chief minister of Maharashtra. He also signed the first cheque of his second tenure for CM Relief Fund.

After signing it, he handed over the CM Relief Fund cheque to Kusum Vengurlekar. “CM Devendra Fadnavis’ first signature of this tenure was done on a CM Relief Fund cheque, on reaching Mantralaya, which was handed over to Kusum Vengurlekar by the Chief Minister”, the Maharashtra CMO said in a tweet.

On Sunday night Fadnavis had met his deputy Ajit Pawar to discuss measures for the rain-affected farmers of the state. It was speculated that the leaders would have discussed their future political strategy for the upcoming floor test in the Assembly.

“CM Devendra Fadnavis and DCM Ajit Pawar today met and discussed various measures for additional support and assistance to unseasonal rain-affected farmers. Tomorrow it will be further discussed with the Chief Secretary and Finance Secretary,” the Maharashtra CMO tweeted.

The meeting between the two leaders comes just hours after Ajit Pawar said he is still with the NCP and party chief Sharad Pawar was his leader. His claim, however, was later dismissed by his uncle Sharad Pawar. The NCP chief said his nephew’s claims are misleading and there was no question of forming an alliance with the BJP.