It was no surprise when BJP joined the power-wagon in Maharashtra immediately after the NCP-Sena-Congress expressed willingness to form government. It was also no surprise when on the turbulent night of November 23, the BJP government at the Centre bypassed due process in recommending the revocation of President’s rule in the state without holding a Cabinet meeting; nor was it particularly unexpected that the Governor complied with the BJP’s wishes brazenly.
Devendra Fadnavis, as chief minister and Ajit Pawar, as deputy, were hastily sworn in. All this was in clear violation of the Constitution, and yet it did not surprise anyone. In last six years, Constitution was ravaged many a time.
The real turning came when BJP, both at state and at Centre, had to come to its knees for overplaying its hand, when the Supreme Court prescribed the test of floor strength in 24 hours.