MUMBAI: BJP leader Devendra Fadnavis on Tuesday resigned as the chief minister of Maharashtra, just 80 hours into his new term, becaming the shortest-serving chief minister of the state. Interestingly, just weeks earlier, he had become the first chief minister after Vasantrao Naik to complete a full five-year term.
Before Mr Fadnavis, who like Naik is from the Vidarbha region, the unwanted record was held by Narayan Rane. As a chief minister from the Shiv Sena, Mr Rane held the post for little over eight months in 1999. The Sena, however, lost the 1999 Assembly election, leading to Mr Rane’s resignation.
Some may also consider P.K Sawant as one of the shortest serving CMs, since he held the post for just nine days. Nevertheless, Mr Sawant was an acting chief minister after Marotrao Kannamwar died in office in November 1963.
Mr Fadnavis also joined Karnataka chief minister B.S. Yediyurappa and former Uttar Pradesh chief minister Jagdambika Pal as one of the shortest serving CMs in Indian history. Both Mr Yediyurappa and Mr Pal resigned as the CM of their respective states in less than three days.