Twitter is having a field day with the twists and turns of the Maharashtra government formation. It has been an eventful 24 hours and the state now has a Chief Minister (Devendra Fadnavis) and a Deputy Chief Minister (Ajit Pawar).
But before we get to what Twitter has to say, here's a brief recapitulation of today's events:
On Saturday morning, in a move that opposition parties slammed as being "unconstitutional" NCP leader Sharad Pawar's nephew, Ajit Pawar teamed up with the BJP to form the government.
The senior Pawar, however, made it clear that Ajit was acting of his own volition.
"Ajit Pawar's decision to support the BJP to form the Maharashtra Government is his personal decision and not that of the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP). We place on record that we do not support or endorse this decision of his," he wrote on Twitter.
Several NCP leaders who attended the swearing-in ceremony later claimed that they were unaware of exactly what was going on and had just been instructed by Ajit to be in attendance.
At least nine NCP MLAs who attended swearing-in later returned to the party fold and expressed solidarity with party chief Sharad Pawar on Saturday evening. 50 MLAs attended this NCP meeting on Saturday.
While their appointment stands, for now, the BJP and its new allies will soon have to undergo a floor test.
In the meantime, the Shiv Sena, the Congress and the NCP have moved the Supreme Court, seeking a floor test within 24 hours to avoid further horse-trading and "illegal manoeuvres" in Maharashtra.
Their petition sought to quash of Maharasthra Governor B.S. Koshyari's decision inviting BJP's Devendra Fadnavis to form the government on Saturday morning as unconstitutional, arbitrary, illegal, void-ab-initio, and violative of Article 14 of the Constitution of India.
Now, take a look at what the Twitterati has to say:
The star of the #MaharashtraPolitics spectacle, meanwhile, is Rahul Gandhi. Fascinating ability to be so missing in action & doing the disappearing act during the long-drawn drama with multiple twists, which involved his own party’s fortunes.— Ruhi Tewari (@RuhiTewari) November 23, 2019
I was in alternate universe with different cosmic laws in operation. I did not expect gravity defying political action to conjure a new reality out of nothingness. Indian politics is doing better than #MagicalRealism https://t.co/a5anq8E4SX— Kartikeya Sharma (@kartikeya_1975) November 23, 2019
If you see Sharad Pawar at Delhi airport, he will buy a ticket for Mumbai, he will carry Boarding pass for Kolkatta and he will land in Chennai.— Governor Swaraj (@governorswaraj) November 23, 2019
Before I went for my workout Ajit Pawar had the numbers. Just finished my workout and news reports say Sharad Pawar has the numbers. Looking at the turn of events wonder whether Athawale will have the numbers after I am done with my post work out shower!— Rohini Singh (@rohini_sgh) November 23, 2019
Someone messaged me-— Ishkaran Singh Bhandari (@ishkarnBHANDARI) November 23, 2019
Maybe it’s Sharad Pawar game to be rid of Ajit Pawar.
And now can form with SS & Congress, if controls NCP.
Double Cross on double cross?
(I am doing rank time pass) but what do You think on this?
Breaking news: Sharad Pawar replaces Ajit Pawar as legislative party leader. Door kept open but it begins to shut for Ajit, who’s now isolated. His only option is to return & resign from gov. Otherwise he faces oblivion.— K. C. Singh (@ambkcsingh) November 23, 2019
As 51 MLAs attend @NCPspeaks meet #SharadPawar -Current plight of #AjitPawar reminds of famous Asrani dialogue from Sholay:— Jaiveer Shergill (@JaiveerShergill) November 23, 2019
“Aadhe Idhar Jao(Half go 👉) -Aadhe Udhar Jao (half go 👈 ) & Baaki Mere Peeche Aao (rest come with me)” -Aur Peeche Koi Nahi #MaharashtraGovtFormation pic.twitter.com/mFKBTFZ8kc
I demand Duckworth-Lewis method!! https://t.co/hugsaXpxx2— Salil Tripathi سلیل تریپاٹھی સલિલ ત્રિપાઠી (@saliltripathi) November 23, 2019
Process of government formation in Maharashtra pic.twitter.com/lSnm1mE96q— Shivam Vij (@DilliDurAst) November 23, 2019
Drama may continue, but atleast the truck driver's association should approach supreme court to restrain Sanjay Raut from posting further shayari on Twitter. #MaharashtraPolitics— Rofl Gandhi 2.0 (@RoflGandhi_) November 23, 2019
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