Congress spokesperson Randeep Singh Surjewala (File photo)
Congress spokesperson Randeep Singh Surjewala (File photo)

Betrayal of people's mandate, says Cong on Maha govt formation

ANI | Updated: Nov 23, 2019 11:28 IST

New Delhi [India], Nov 23 (ANI): The Congress on Saturday said that the formation of government in Maharashtra is a "betrayal" of the mandate of the people.
Quoting a two-line paragraph Hindi poem, party spokesperson Randeep Singh Surjewala tweeted, "This is called a betrayal of people's mandate and giving a contract for killing democracy."
On the other hand, Congress leader Priya Dutt lamented that the party should have "acted faster" on government formation and said it was "one more opportunity lost".
"Not surprised with the developments in Maharashtra. BJP was a bit too quiet thru it all, wish cong would have acted faster their delayed decision gave a window to BJP to strike. One more opportunity lost," she tweeted.
In an overnight development, BJP's Devendra Fadnavis earlier this morning took oath as the Maharashtra Chief Minister for the second consecutive term while NCP's Ajit Pawar took oath as Deputy Chief Minister of the state.
The oath was administered by Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari to Fadnavis and Pawar at Raj Bhawan. Following the formation of the government, President's Rule has been revoked in Maharashtra.
The move came at a time when deliberations between Congress, NCP and Shiv Sena on government formation seemingly reached the final stage on Friday.
The BJP, which emerged as the single largest party in last month's assembly elections, could not stake claim to form a government as its ally Shiv Sena remained firm on rotating the Chief Minister's post and equal sharing of Cabinet berths.
Shiv Sena parted its ways with BJP to explore ways to form a government. It, however, failed to prove the support of the required number of MLAs in the time given by Koshyari.
The Governor had then invited NCP, the third-largest party, to prove its ability to form the government failing which President's Rule was imposed in the state.
The BJP won 105 seats in the 288-member assembly followed by Shiv Sena 56, NCP 54 and Congress 44. (ANI)