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Maharashtra politics: Who said what after return of Devendra Fadnavis as CM

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​Devendra Fadnavis takes oath as Maharashtra CM
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​Devendra Fadnavis takes oath as Maharashtra CM

Soon after BJP's Devendra Fadnavis was sworn-in as the new chief minister of Maharashtra along with NCP's Ajit Pawar as deputy chief minister on early Saturday morning, reactions poured in from various political leaders, including Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Here's a look at who said what following the dramatic political development in the state.

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​Narendra Modi
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​Narendra Modi

Narendra Modi congratulated Devendra Fadnavis and Ajit Pawar for taking oath as chief minister and deputy chief minister of Maharashtra respectively.

"Congratulations to @Dev_Fadnavis Ji and @AjitPawarSpeaks Ji on taking oath as the CM and Deputy CM of Maharashtra respectively. I am confident they will work diligently for the bright future of Maharashtra," the prime minister said.

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​Amit Shah
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​Amit Shah

Amit Shah expressed confidence that the new Maharashtra government under Devendra Fadnavis will scale new heights of development.

"Hearty congratulations to Shri @Dev_Fadnavis ji on taking oath as Chief Minister of Maharashtra and Shri @AjitPawarSpeaks as Deputy Chief Minister of the state.

"I am confident that this government will be continuously committed to the development and welfare of Maharashtra and will set new standards of progress in the state," Shah tweeted.

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​Sanjay Raut
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​Sanjay Raut

Shiv Sena's Sanjay Raut said NCP leader Ajit Pawar had stabbed the Sena in the back by joining hands with the BJP to form the government in Maharashtra.

He also said the state will never forgive Ajit Pawar for this act of his.

"Ajit Pawar's decision does not have the approval of NCP chief Sharad Pawar," Raut said.

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​Sharad Pawar
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​Sharad Pawar

NCP chief Sharad Pawar said his nephew Ajit's decision to support the BJP to form a government in Maharashtra was his "personal and not the NCP's".

"We place on record that we do not support or endorse this decision of his," the veteran leader said.

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​Abhishek Manu Singhvi
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​Abhishek Manu Singhvi

Congress leader Abhishek Manu Singhvi said that he is still not sure about NCP joining hands with BJP.

"Surreal what I read about #Maharashtra. Thought it was fake news. Candidly & personally speaking, our tripartite negotiations should not have gone on for more than 3 days...took too long. Window given was grabbed by fast movers. #pawarji tussi grt ho! Amazing if true, still not sure," Singhvi tweeted.

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​Praful Patel
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​Praful Patel

NCP leader Praful Patel said that newly sworn-in Maharashtra Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar going with BJP is not NCP's decision as party supremo Sharad Pawar does not extend any support to it.

"This is not NCP's decision and does not have Sharad Pawar saheb's support," said Praful Patel.

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​Randeep Surjewala
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​Randeep Surjewala

"This is called betrayal of people's mandate and giving contract for killing democracy," Congress's chief spokesperson Randeep Surjewala said in a tweet.

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