The Congress, NCP and the Shiv Sena were left surprised as Devendra Fadnavis was sworn in as Chief Minister with Ajit Pawar as his deputy. The three parties were in talks to form a government in the state. President's rule was imposed in Maharashtra on November 12 after none of the parties were able to form a government in the 288-member assembly.
The BJP emerged as the single largest party in the state by winning 105 seats while its pre-poll alliance partner Shiv Sena bagged 56 seats. The Congress and the NCP won 44 and 54 seats, respectively, in the October 21 election.
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