Ajit Pawar Resigns as Deputy Chief Minister, Fadnavis to Address Media at 3:30 pm

Maharashtra Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar, who formed an alliance with the BJP overnight, has reportedly resigned just a day before the floor test ordered by the Supreme Court.

Devendra Fadnavis is slated to address the media at 3.30 pm when the announcement is likely to be made official. The development comes as a setback to the BJP, which was confident of winning the floor test tomorrow.

The floor test will be conducted tomorrow through the open ballot and will be telecast live. The court said the floor test will be conducted by the protem speaker after the members take an oath by 5 pm tomorrow.

On the other side, the Shiv Sena party said they are planning to move to the Supreme Court against the closure of irrigation scam cases.

According to the joint plea by Sena, NCP and Congress, the parties have termed the decision to close cases against Ajit Pawar illegal.

The party also hit out at BJP, asking that if Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis had the majority, “why did he need to appoint four devils for ‘Operation Lotus’?” “Nitin Gadkari has compared this to cricket. Let us also tell him that let there be match-fixing but these gamblers won’t be able to defeat ‘satyamev jayate’. When majority will be proved, the 105 martyrs of Maharashtra will be happy. We want to tell the people of Maharashtra, don’t worry.”

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