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  • The leaders told Ajit that NCP may take harsh steps if he continued to hold out and made it clear that under no circumstances would NCP back BJP. Patil hinted that the meeting was not successful but the leaders may meet Ajit again. The three are believed to have promised ‘incentives’ in case he comes back.

    Former union minister and BJP MP Anantkumar Hegde has claimed his party colleague Devendra Fadnavis was made chief minister in Maharashtra last month despite lacking majority only to 'protect' Rs 40,000 crore central funds under the CM's control from being 'misused'.

    "Modi had offered me to work together. I told him that our personal relations are very good and they will remain that way but it is not possible for me to work together," Pawar said. Pawar dismissed reports that Modi government offered to make him India's President. "But there surely was an offer to make Supriya (Sule) a minister in the Modi-led cabinet," he added.

    Ajit Pawar shocked his party after he was sworn-in as the deputy chief minister and Bharatiya Janata Party's (BJP) Devendra Fadnavis as the chief minister of Maharashtra on Saturday morning.

    Former Union minister Hegde, known for making controversial statements, on Saturday sought to give a new twist to the last month's political drama in Maharashtra, claiming it was played out to ensure that the funds meant for development works were 'protected'.

    Uddhav Thackeray is likely to be sworn in as the CM on Thursday at Shivaji Park, Mumbai. Fadnavis’ resignation came within hours of the SC ordering that his government must submit itself to a floor test on Wednesday to be conducted by a pro tem Speaker. The BJP is the largest party with 105 members while Shiv Sena and NCP have 56 and 54 MLAs, respectively.

    Shiv Sena President Uddhav B. Thackeray was unanimously elected as chief of the 'Maha Vikas Aghadi' on Tuesday evening, paving the way for his becoming the new Chief Minister of Maharashtra.

    ​​Shiv Sena, Congress and Nationalist Congress Party had challenged the Maharashtra governor's decision to invite BJP to form the government in the state and oath-taking of Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis and deputy chief minister Ajit Pawar.

    The decision was taken at a meeting of the Uddhav Thackeray-led state Cabinet on Wednesday. Apart from a sugar mill owned by former state minister Pankaja Munde, another cooperative of Vinay Kore, leader of the Jansurajya Shakti Party which is an ally of the BJP, was also given the loan guarantee.

    A Congress politician said that after the speaker's post was allotted to Congress, CM Uddhav Thackeray agreed to grant an additional berth to NCP from Sena's quota. "The aim was to keep BJP out, but in the process Congress ended up being the biggest loser," he said.

    Thackeray is heading a coalition government, the Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA), whose main constituents are the Sena, the Congress and the NCP.

    The row over Devendra Fadnavis surprise appointment as chief minister saw disruptions in and outside Parliament with political parties accusing the Centre and the governor of bias.

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