Mumbai: Asserting that the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) will not indulge in horse trading, Devendra Fadnavis has tendered his resignation to the state governor.
Devendra Fadnavis submitted his resignation to Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari, who requested him to continue as the caretaker chief minister till "alternative arrangements" were made.
His decision comes hours after Ajit Pawar resigned from the post of Maharashtra Deputy Chief Minister.
“We don’t have majority after Ajit Pawar’s resignation as Deputy CM, Fadnavis said," adding, "I will be submitting my resignation to the governor after this media briefing."
Slamming Shiv Sena, Fadnavis said, "Shiv Sena told us even before the Maharashtra election results came, that they will go with anyone which gives them the chief ministerial post."
“We won’t indulge in horse-trading,” he added.
Meanwhile, Uddhav Thackeray is the choice of the Shiv Sena-NCP-Congress alliance, said the "Maharashtra Vikas Aghadi", and is likely to be elected its leader in a meeting in the evening.
"Ajit Dada (Ajit Pawar) has resigned and he is with us. Uddhav Thackeray will be the chief minister of Maharashtra for five years," said Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut.
"Uddhav will be elected the leader of the three parties to stake claim for government formation at the evening meeting scheduled to be held at a hotel. The three parties will submit a joint statement to the governor to stake claim for government formation," said Raut.