Devendra Fadnavis elected as leader of BJP legislative party

This comes amid several speculations regarding the ongoing conflict between Shiv Sena and BJP over 50-50 power-sharing formula after the assembly election results declaration in Maharashtra

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In a first concrete step towards forming a government in Maharashtra, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MLAs have elected Devendra Fadnavis as the leader of the legislative party. This comes amid several speculations regarding the ongoing conflict between Shiv Sena and BJP over 50-50 power-sharing formula after the assembly election results declaration in Maharashtra.

Devendra Fadnavis has been elected as an MLA from Nagpur South and remained the Chief Minister of Maharashtra for BJP-Sena alliance government in the first term. During his appointment as the leader of BJP legislative party, all 105 party MLAs were present at Vidhan Bhavan in South Mumbai.

While thanking the MLAs for trusting him, Fadnavis said that the election mandate is for the BJP-Sena alliance and talk with Sena will be concluded in the coming days. Maharashtra BJP President Chandrakant Patil proposed Fadnaivs’ name for the party’s Chief Ministerial candidate which was seconded by senior party leaders including Haribhau Bagade and Radhakrishna Vikhe Patil among others.

Earlier, Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray had said that BJP must honour the 50-50 power-sharing deal which was made before 2019 Lok Sabha elections. However, reacting to this, Fadnavis clearly maintained that he will be the CM for the next five years while saying that BJP President Amit Shah never discussed the 50-50 formula.

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As this happened, Shiv Sena cancelled a meeting scheduled on Tuesday evening with the BJP regarding government formation.

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