New Delhi: Shiv Sena leader Eknath Shinde, who engineered the fall of Uddhav Thackeray-led Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) government, was sworn in as the 20th Chief Minister of Maharashtra on Thursday, June 30. While Shinde had demanded that Sena backed Devendra Fadnavis for the top post, the BJP leader sprung in a surprise when he announced the Sena rebel as the Chief Minister.
Further, former chief minister Fadnavis, who initially showed reluctance in being a part of the new government, took oath as the Deputy Chief Minister of Maharashtra at the behest of the BJP leadership, including party chief JP Nadda.
Both Shinde and Fadnavis were administered the oath of office by Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari at the Raj Bhavan in South Mumbai shortly after 7.30 pm.
BJP and Shinde-faction of Shiv Sena staked claim to form the government on Thursday after the Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) coalition rule came to an end on Wednesday night when Uddhav Thackeray stepped down from the post of Chief Minister. Thackeray announced his resignation minutes after the Supreme Court allowed the floor test of the government in the state Assembly.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi extended his wishes to Shinde saying, “I would like to congratulate Shri @mieknathshinde Ji on taking oath as Maharashtra CM. A grassroot level leader, he brings with him rich political, legislative and administrative experience. I am confident that he will work towards taking Maharashtra to greater heights.”
Congratulating new Deputy Chief Minister Fadnavis, PM Modi said, “Congratulations to Shri @Dev_Fadnavis Ji on taking oath as Maharashtra Deputy CM. He is an inspiration for every BJP Karyakarta. His experience and expertise will be an asset for the Government. I am certain he will further strengthen Maharashtra’s growth trajectory.”
Former Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray also took to Twitter to congratulate Shinde and Fadnavis: “Congratulations to the newly appointed Chief Minister of Maharashtra @mieknathshinde ji and Deputy Chief Minister @Dev_Fadnavis ji for the future. I wish you do a good job in Maharashtra!”
NCP chief Sharad Pawar also extended his wishes to Shinde. “I spoke with Eknath Shinde and extended my greetings. I also expressed my expectations that the ‘head of a state’ would lead the entire state and not just a party. You might represent a party, but after oath you represent the state. So, I expect him to work to resolve issues of all department.”
Shinde, a four-time MLA, began oath taking by paying tributes to late Shiv Sena leaders Bal Thackeray and Anand Dighe, his political mentor in Thane district. “Development of the state is my priority. I will take all sections of society along with me,” Shinde said after the ceremony.
The new CM was accompanied by his family members to the inauguration. However, his son Shrikant Shinde, the Lok Sabha MP from Kalyan in Thane district, is staying with the rebel Shiv Sena MLAs in Goa, where they had arrived from Guwahati on Wednesday night, nine days after the rebellion that pulled down the MVA government.
The Sena leader, hailing originally from a village in Satara district in western Maharashtra, is the MLA from Kopri-Pachpakhadi in Thane city.
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