Congress appoints Balasaheb Thorat as the Legislative Party leader

On the other hand, Shiv Sena has named Eknath Shinde as its legislature party chief and the Nationalist Congress Party has appointed state party chief Jayant Patil as its legislature party leader

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Amid the twist-filled Maharashtra Government Formation row, Maharashtra State Congress President Balasaheb Thorat has been appointed the new Maharashtra Congress Legislature Party leader on November 26, Tuesday. The announcement was made by AICC General Secretary and state in-charge Mallikarjun Kharge at a meeting of Congress legislators.

The announcement comes after the Supreme Court verdict ordering an Assembly floor test on November 27, amid speculations that Thorat - the seniormost eight-time elected legislator - could be in the race for Protem Speaker.

On the other hand, Shiv Sena has named Eknath Shinde as its legislature party chief and the Nationalist Congress Party has appointed state party chief Jayant Patil as its legislature party leader.

On Saturday (November 23), ‘Rebel’ Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) leader Ajit Pawar joined hands with the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and sworn-in as Deputy Chief Minister. But the three parties on Monday had staked claim to form the government and in the evening had publicly paraded their 162 MLAs thus bringing down the claims of the BJP and NCP rebel Ajit Pawar's support of 170-plus legislators.

CM Fadnavis and Deputy CM Ajit Pawar resign

Meanwhile, only four days after swearing-in as Maharashtra Chief Minister, Devendra Fadnavis on Tuesday announced his resignation. This comes moments after Ajit Pawar resigned as Deputy CM. 

Earlier today, the Supreme Court pronounced judgement on Maharashtra government formation ruling to conduct a floor test on November 27 through open ballot by appointing protem speaker. 

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