India, Nov. 24 -- As news of Devendra Fadnavis of the Bharatiya Janata Party and Ajit Pawar of Nationalist Congress Party taking oath as the new chief minister and deputy chief minister, respectively, spread, an old tweet of Fadnavis started doing the rounds on Twitter and WhatsApp.

In September 2014 - a month before he took over as Maharashtra's CM - Fadnavis tweeted that BJP would "never, never, never have any alliance with the NCP". As BJP state president, Fadnavis had helped expose an irrigation scam worth ~70,000 crore allegedly carried out by the erstwhile Congress-NCP government; he initiated an Anti Corruption Bureau inquiry into this soon after taking over as CM.

Over the past two years, however, there has been a thaw in the re...