Mumbai: Maharashtra early on Saturday got a surprise pack of Chief Minister and his deputy in BJP’s Devendra Fadnavis and NCP’s Ajit Pawar.
Here is what happened when:
Sometime around 11.45 night – Ajit Pawar-BJP Deal finalized.
11.55 pm Friday – Faadnavis speaks to Party and requests for swearing-in before anyone in Sena-NCP-Congress comes to know and stakes claim.
12.30 a.m. Saturday – Governor who was to travel out of Mumbai to New Delhi, cancels his travel
02.10 a.m. – Secy to Governor told to submit a revocation order at 5.47 and arrange swearing-in at 6.30 a.m.
2.30 a.m. – Secy informs he will submit the file within two hours and advises 7.30 a.m. for swearing-in as arrangements have to be made early on Saturday.
11.45 p.m. on Friday till Saturday 9 a.m. – Ajit Pawar stays put with Fadnavis, not to go back till sworn in.
5.30 a.m. – both Ajit and Fadnavis arrive at Raj Bhavan
President’s Rule revoked at 5.47 a.m. but announced at 9 a.m.
7.50 a.m. – Swearing-in starts by Governor B.S. Koshyari
8.10 a.m. – Big news breaks
8.40 a.m. – PM Modi congratulates new CM and Dy CM
8.10 a.m. – Reactions start pouring in