After Shiv Sena, Congress and NCP criticized BJP over government formation in Maharashtra, Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said it is Sena who has murdered democracy.
"When Sena breaks its 30-year friendship and holds on to its adversaries, is it not the murder of democracy?" asked Prasad. Shiv Sena's Uddhav Thackeray had called the government formation a "surgical strike" on Maharashtra.
Union minister Ravi Shankar Prasad also reminded NCP chief Sharad Pawar and the Congress of their post-poll comments about sitting in the opposition. “Sharad Pawar and the Congress had given a statement after the result that we have got a poll to sit in the opposition. So how did this match-fixing for the chair become a public opinion? The Union minister said Fadnavis and Ajit Pawar were the only ones who had claimed to have the numbers to form a government.
Earlier, in a stunning development Saturday morning that caught the Congress, NCP and the Sena on the wrong foot, BJP’s Fadnavis was sworn in as chief minister for a second term while NCP’s Ajit Pawar took oath as deputy chief minister at the Raj Bhawan. The early morning ceremony drew a firestorm of protests from the three parties.