New Delhi: Minutes after Ajit Pawar resigned from the post of Deputy Chief Minister following the Supreme Court order to hold a floor test in the state assembly, Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis on Tuesday held a press conference and tendered his resignation from the post of Chief Minister.
He said that the Shiv Sena had threatened him over Chief Minister’s post and added that the Maharashtra poll mandate was more for the BJP than Shiv Sena.
During the press conference, he said the state elections gave a clear majority to the BJP-Sena alliance and the BJP got maximum 105 seats.
“In the elections, the clear majority was given to alliance of the BJP-Sena, and the BJP got maximum 105 seats. We contested with Shiv Sena, but this mandate was for the BJP because it won 70 per cent seats out of all seats we contested,” he said.
He said that his party waited for the Shiv Sena for a long time but they did not respond to him to form the government in the state.
“We waited for them (Shiv Sena) for a long time but they didn’t respond and instead talked to the Congress and the NCP. People who never stepped outside Matoshree (Thackeray residence) to meet anyone were going door-to-door to make the government with the NCP and the Congress,” he added.
He raised doubt over the stability of the alliance of the Congress-NCP-Shiv Sena and said the BJP will work as an effective Opposition to raise the voice of the people in the assembly.
“We had decided that we will never indulge in horse-trading, that we will never try to break away any MLA. Those who said that we indulge in horse-trading bought the entire horse stable,” he added.
Slamming the ally Shiv Sena for breaking away from his party, Fadnavis said the hunger for power is so much that now Shiv Sena leaders are even willing to ally with Sonia Gandhi.
Further slamming Sena for parting way from him, Fadnavis said the Shiv Sena told him before the election that they will go with anyone which gives them the CM post.
After announcing his resignation during the press conference, Fadnavis said he will go to Raj Bhavan and tender his resignation. “I wish them all the best whoever will form the government. But that will be a very unstable government as there is a huge difference in opinions among all three parties.”