Fadnavis resigns after 3 days as CM, Pawar shatters Modi-Shah plan
MUMBAI: Maratha strongman Sharad Pawar has inflicted a humiliating defeat on BJP, as he foiled the latter's plan to form government in Maharashtra.
Devendra Fadnavis who appeared supremely confident throughout the last week, could last just 3 days as chief minister, one of the shortest periods for a CM in India.
Clearly, the veteran NCP leader played his cards well and showed that he is still the boss in Maharashtra. This is a lesson for the BJP too as it realises that Shah's tactics can't work everywhere.
Apart from Pawar's stature, it must be remembered that Shiv Sena's strength on the ground in Mumbai also played a major role in ensuring that the legislators couldn't be poached even after Ajit Pawar switched sides.
But keeping the three parties together would be a challenge and given BJP's hunger for power, the manner in which it obtained it in Manipur, Goa and several other states including Karnataka, the alliance leaders can't be complacent. But right now, it's Pawar who has outfoxed the 'Chanakyas' of BJP.
[November 26, 2019 NewsBits.in]