Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis on Monday sanctioned Rs 5,380 crore for the unseasonal rain affected farmers from the Contingency Fund amid the uncertainty over the future of his government. In a statement put out on twitter, the office of the Maharashtra Chief Minister said, "CM Devendra Fadnavis sanctions another â‚¹5380 crore from Maharashtra Contingency Fund to give relief to unseasonal rain affected farmers."
The decision was taken after a meeting between Fadnavis and his foe-turned-friend deputy Ajit Pawar on Sunday. During the meeting, the two leaders had discussed on various measures for additional support and assistance to unseasonal rain affected farmers. After taking oath as the chief minister in the early hours on Saturday, Fadnavis did his first signature on a CM Relief Fund cheque, which was handed over to Dadar resident Kusum Vengurlekar.
Devendra Fadnavis took oath as the chief minister of Maharashtra for the first second time on Saturday after NCP rebel Ajit Pawar offered the BJP support of 54 NCP MLAs. In exchange of the support, Ajit Pawar, whome Fadnavis had vowed to put in jail, was given the post of deputy chief minister.
However, the NCP chief and Ajit's uncle Sharad Pawar, who was in the final stage of alliance talks with the Shiv Sena and the Congress to form a non-BJP government. Sharad Pawar, however, removed Ajit Pawar from the post of NCP's legislative party leader and said that his party was not supporting the BJP.
The three parties - NCP, Congress and the Shiv Sena - moved the Supreme Court against Governor's decision to revoke President's rule in the early hours and sought a floor test. Now, the fate of the Fadnavis government hangs in the balance with the Supreme Court scheduled to pranounce its verdict on a plea filed by the three parties on Tuesday.
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