Devendra Fadnavis resigned as Chief Minister of Maharashtra 80-hours after being sworn in for a second term in an early morning coup last week with the support of Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) leader Ajit Pawar.
His resignation came after the Supreme Court ordered an “immediate” floor test, to be telecast live, so that Fadnavis could prove his majority in the assembly.
Fearing the floor test, his deputy Ajit Pawar met Fadnavis for an hour before quitting and reportedly told him he could not continue anymore.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Home Minister Amit Shah, met Fadnavis eafter the Supreme Court verdict to decide if they should quit or go through with a floor test that would be impossible for them to win.
Devendra Fadnavis held a press conference, following which he met with Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari to submit his resignation.
The BJP, which won 105 seats in the 288-member Maharashtra assembly, needed 40 MLAs to prove a majority. The party had banked on Ajit Pawar to bring in 54 NCP MLAs, however his plan did not work.
The Shiv Sena-NCP-Congress alliance, will now form government on December 1st.