Shiv Sena MLA Eknath Shinde, who led a rebellion against the Uddhav Thackeray government, will be sworn in as the Chief Minister of Maharashtra on Thursday, BJP leader Devendra Fadnavis said after meeting Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari to stake claim to form the government.
The Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) government fell on Wednesday night as Uddhav Thackeray stepped down from the post of Chief Minister minutes after the Supreme Court allowed the floor test of the government in the state Assembly.
“Eknath Shinde to be the Maharashtra Chief Minister, oath ceremony to be held at 7.30 pm today,” BJP leader Devendra Fadnavis announced in a joint press conference with Shinde.
“After the swearing-in ceremony today, we will have a Cabinet expansion and Shiv Sena and BJP leaders will take the oath. I will stay out of the government,” said Fadnavis.
Born on February 16, 1964, Shinde was introduced to politics by then Thane Shiv Sena President Anand Dighe in early 1980s.
Eknath Shinde served as a Cabinet Minister of Urban Development and Public Works. Shinde is current Member of Legislative Assembly from Kopri-Pachpakhadi constituency of Thane, Maharashtra.
He has been elected consecutively for 4 terms in the Maharashtra Legislative Assembly for 2004, 2009, 2014 and 2019.
Belonging to the Maratha community, Shinde used to drive an auto-rickshaw to support his family.