After Maharashtra Assembly Elections, Uddhav Thackeray will be sworn in tomorrow at Mumbai’s sprawling Shivaji Park as Chief Minister of a Shiv Sena-NCP-Congress government after Devendra Fadnavis resigned as Chief Minister and Ajit Pawar as his deputy, ahead of a trust vote ordered by the Supreme Court. Mr Thackeray and his wife Rashmi met Governor Bhagat Singh Koshiyari this morning. Minutes earlier, Ajit Pawar, in a grand “ghar wapsi” or homecoming, was received – after his brief rebellion against uncle Sharad Pawar – with a warm hug from his daughter Supriya Sule as she welcomed MLAs of the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) before their oath in the Maharashtra assembly this morning.

Key candidates who won:

Devendra Fadnavis (BJP) – Nagpur South West
Aditya Thackeray (Shiv Sena) – Worli
Ashok Chavan (INC) – Bhokar
Prithviraj Chavan (INC) – Karad South
Chandrakantdada Patil (BJP state president) – Kothrud
Rohit Pawar (NCP) Karjat Jamkhed Assembly
Ajit Pawar (NCP)

Key candidates who lost:

Pankaja Munde(BJP) – Parli
Pankaj Bhujbal (NCP) – son of Chhagan Bhujbal lost from Nandgaon
Jaydutt Kshirsagar – The EGS Minister, who had quit the NCP to join the Shiv Sena after the Lok Sabha polls, also lost the election.
Harshvardhan Patil, who switched to the BJP from the Congress on the eve of the assembly polls, was defeated by Dattatraya

“No one messes with Sharad Pawar”

Moral of Maharashtra story in Maharashtra Assembly Elections:

Rain-soaked Sharad Pawar addressing a rally in Satara, admitting he made “mistakes” in the Lok Sabha election earlier this year. This image of Sharad Pawar – telecast on national channels, published in newspapers and shared widely on social media – became iconic in the Maharashtra Assembly election. The grit and determination of Sharad Pawar ensured his resurgence in Maharashtra politics.

In Maharashtra Assembly Elections Sharad Pawar’s untiring campaign put his NCP in the kingmaker’s role after the Shiv Sena fell out with the BJP over the question of rotational chief ministership. The NCP won 54 seats – 15 more than the 2014 figure – besides winning the Lok Sabha bypoll at Satara in a befitting response to PM Modi’s jibe at Sharad Pawar.

Moral of the story is: Don’t mess up with Sharad Pawar in Maharashtra politics. He will not only outfox you but may also finish.

Raj Thackeray congratulates Shiv Sena chief with surprise bouquet:In a surprise gesture, Maharashtra Navnirman Sena chief Raj Thackeray, whose party drew a blank in the Lok Sabha polls though it contested from 10 seats in Maharashtra, sent a bouquet to estranged cousin Uddhav Thackeray, the leader of the Shiv Sena, congratulating him for his party’s success in the elections. The Shiv Sena had won in 18 seats.

Maharashtra government formation | Devendra Fadnavis cannot prove majority, says Sharad PawarIn a day of political twists and turns, Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) leader Ajit Pawar joined hands with the BJP on Saturday and was fired as his party’s legislative party leader. The NCP’s State president Jayant Patil was appointed in his place.