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Devendra Fadnavis resigns as Maharashtra CM

Mumbai: Chief Minister of Maharashtra Devendra Fadnavis resigned on Friday.

Fadnavis drove to Raj Bhavan in south Mumbai and submitted his resignation to Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari, sources said.

There has been no development in government formation even after a fortnight when Assembly poll results were announced on October 24.

After tendering his resignation to Maharashtra Governor Bhagat Singh Koshiyari, Fadnavis told media persons, “I thank the people of Maharashtra and PM Modi for giving me this opportunity”.

“I also thank our allies, who stood with us in the past five years. We contested these elections also as the Mahayuti – with the Shiv Sena and RPI. The people of Maharashtra gave the mandate to the Mahayuti ,” he added.

The BJP and Shiv Sena are locked in a tussle over the issue of the chief minister’s post, resulting in a stalemate in government formation despite the Assembly poll results giving the alliance a combined seat strength of 161, way past the 145 majority mark in the 288-member House.

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