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  • Amit Shah: Fadnavis has agreed to be Deputy CM
  • BJP chief: central leaders want Fadnavis to be part of state govt
  • Fadnavis had earlier said he will not be part of the govt

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There is no clarity on what led the BJP top brass to ask Fadnavis to join the new ministry minutes after he announced that he will help it from outside.

When Devendra Fadnavis announced that Shiv Sena leader Eknath Shinde will be the new chief minister of Maharashtra, many were stunned by the political manoeuvre as they expected the 51-year-old BJP leader to occupy the CM’s chair for the third time.

Everyone had expected Fadnavis to become the CM again with the Shinde-led group’s support. It took a series of missives from top BJP leaders for Fadnavis to change his mind and join the new government, but not as chief minister as many expected.

There is no clarity on what led the BJP top brass to ask Fadnavis to join the new ministry minutes after he announced that he will help it from outside. NCP chief Sharad Pawar said Fadnavis has set an example when it comes to obeying the party’s directive.

Fadnavis’ Mi punha yein (I will come back) remark during the 2019 Assembly election campaign was mocked at by political rivals in the last two and a half years. Fadnavis, who was the first non-Congress leader to complete the five-year term as CM between 2014-19 and also had the shortest tenure of three days as CM in 2019 was all set to return to the top post again, when he declared that Shinde will be the CM instead.

The BJP leader, who will celebrate his 52nd birthday on July 22, has established his credentials as an astute politician, who has hold over the party and state machinery.

(with PTI inputs)

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