Devendra Fadnavis on Friday resigned as Maharashtra chief minister, five years and a week after he assumed the state's top job, as an aggressive Shiv Sena rebuffed all attempts to form an alliance government.
Fadnavis, 49, drove to Raj Bhavan and handed over his resignation to Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari, who asked him to be the "caretaker CM" till alternate arrangements are made.
The development came a fortnight after results of the October 21 Assembly elections were declared.
"The alternate arrangements could be anything, be it a new government or imposition of President's rule," Fadnavis told reporters after meeting the governor.
"The governor has accepted my resignation. I thank the people of Maharashtra for giving me the chance to serve them for the last five years," Fadnavis said.
for the Chief Minister's post and that the party remains firm in its demand.
"I had promised Balasaheb that there will be a Shiv Sena Chief Minister one day, and I will fulfill that promise, I don't need Amit Shah and Devendra Fadnavis for that," Thackeray said.
His words come after acting CM Devendra Fadnavis lashed out at the Sena during a press conference after submitting his resignation.
Thackeray said that he felt "concerned" after watching the acting Chief Minister's media briefing. "I am shocked, hurt over being labelled as liar," he said.
Message from a Shiv Sena leader “tiger zinda hai” ?— Swati Chaturvedi (@bainjal) November 8, 2019
Uddhav Thackeray: I had promised Balasaheb that there will be a Shiv Sena Chief Minister one day, and I will fulfill that promise, I don't need Amit Shah and Devendra Fadnavis for that. pic.twitter.com/F1T1m0mhGn— ANI (@ANI) November 8, 2019
Shiv Sena & NCP coming together with Congress to form Maharashtra govt & keep @Dev_Fadnavis out! Karnataka all over again? Opportunism!— Shehzad Jai Hind (@Shehzad_Ind) November 8, 2019
Just let me know is SS secular now & their stand on Ram Mandir is acceptable to Cong NCP? Or has SS given up on Balasahebs ideology
Shiv Sena wants to make government with support of NCP-Congress which arrested Balasaheb Thackeray. Saheb will be weeping & tellng sorry to Atalji today. #NeverVote4ShivSena— Jiten Gajaria (@jitengajaria) November 8, 2019
And I know on its own Shiv Sena will never have its own CM so abhi nahin to kabhi nahin... https://t.co/ARIpFwE5Sj— नंदिता ठाकुर (@nanditathhakur) November 8, 2019
What the Shiv Sena is doing to the BJP right now, is called "keh ke lena."— Aman Malik (@PatrakaarPopat) November 8, 2019
Let elections happen in next few months. Till then we will be recouped with high energy. That time let @BJP4Maharashtra fight it out alone.— Ashu (@muglikar_) November 8, 2019
We are set to win with massive majority. People are with @narendramodi and @Dev_Fadnavis ?@rautsanjay61 Sena Ka CM banao na 170 MLA leke