After all the political disagreements in Shiv Sena, Maharastra finally gets its new CM. All the never expected political turmoil, Shiv Sena facing clashes with the rebel MLAs now Eknath Shinde is the new chief minister of Maharastra. Shinde becoming the new CM of Maharastra came as a surprise after Mr. Devendra Fadnavis denied holding the post of CM. Eknath Shinde was sworn in as the 20th Chief Minister of Maharashtra on Thursday at Raj Bhavan in Mumbai.
LIVE | Oath ceremony at Raj Bhavan, Mumbai #Maharashtra https://t.co/9hufVo6lMq— Devendra Fadnavis (@Dev_Fadnavis) June 30, 2022
Earlier it was known that Mr. Fadnavis would be the new Chief Minister and Mr. Shinde would be the Deputy Chief Minister of Maharastra. Today at 7.30 pm Mr. Eknath Shinde arrived at the Raj Bhawan for the swearing-in ceremony. Eknath Shinde started his oath by paying tribute to Shiv Sena patriarch Bal Thackeray and late Sena leader Anand Dighe.
प्रामाणिक कार्यकर्ता के नाते पार्टी के आदेश का मैं पालन करता हूँ. जिस पार्टी ने मुझे सर्वोच्च पद तक पहुँचाया, उसका आदेश मेरे लिए सर्वोपरि है.— Devendra Fadnavis (@Dev_Fadnavis) June 30, 2022
एक प्रामाणिक कार्यकर्ता म्हणून पक्षाच्या आदेशाचे मी पालन करतो. ज्या पक्षाने मला सर्वोच्च पद दिले, त्या पक्षाचा आदेश मला शिरोधार्य आहे. https://t.co/uBp4yBsU5D
While Fadnavis had earlier decided to stay out of the Cabinet, he took oath as the deputy CM. The development came moments after BJP chief JP Nadda had requested Fadnavis to become the deputy CM of the state.
In a joint press conference, Fadnavis had earlier said that the BJP will support Shinde as the CM, but will himself stay out of the cabinet to ensure the smooth functioning of the alliance and the government.
While declaring Shinde as the CM, Fadnavis had said: “The BJP has decided that it will support Eknath Shinde as the chief minister of the state. Eknath Shinde will alone take oath at 7.30 pm today. After the ceremony, further decisions on the expansion of the cabinet will be taken. The cabinet will comprise the Shiv Sena, the allies, the independents, and the BJP. I will not be a part of the cabinet, but I will take responsibility for the smooth functioning of the alliance and the government. I will provide full support and co-operation to the government.
Meanwhile, Shinde, who was camping in Guwahati with rebel Shiv Sena MLAs, returned to Mumbai from Goa on Thursday afternoon, following which he and Fadnavis met the Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari to stake claim to form the government.
After swearing in as the chief minister of Maharashtra CM Eknath Shinde changed his profile picture on Twitter and Facebook to reflect a new image with Bal Thackeray.
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.— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) June 30, 2022
Taking to Twitter, PM Modi said: “I would like to congratulate Shri @mieknathshinde Ji on taking oath as Maharashtra CM. A grassroots-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 (sic).”
I would like to congratulate Shri @mieknathshinde Ji on taking oath as Maharashtra CM. A grassroots 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.— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) June 30, 2022
Taking to Twitter, Devendra Fadnavis said that he took oath as deputy CM on the party central leadership’s orders.
भाजपा ने महाराष्ट्र की जनता की भलाई के लिए बड़े मन का परिचय देते हुए एकनाथ शिंदे जी का समर्थन करने का निर्णय किया। श्री देवेन्द्र फडणवीस जी ने भी बड़े मन दिखाते हुए मंत्रिमंडल में शामिल होने का निर्णय किया है, जो महाराष्ट्र की जनता के प्रति उनके लगाव को दर्शाता है।— Jagat Prakash Nadda (@JPNadda) June 30, 2022
Nonetheless, in a deja vu moment, the BJP seems poised to form the government in Maharashtra with the support of the Shinde faction. The BJP and the Shiv Sena had contested as an alliance and won the 2019 state elections, bagging 162 out of 288 seats with a 42% vote share.
मेरा पानी उतरता देख— Devendra Fadnavis (@Dev_Fadnavis) December 1, 2019
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On Wednesday, Uddhav Thackeray resigned as the Maharashtra chief minister, just after the Supreme Court refused to stay the Governor’s directive to his government to take a floor test in the Assembly. Thackeray’s resignation capped a week-long drama of resort politics, where rebel Shiv Sena MLAs led by minister Eknath Shinde camped in luxury hotels and hopped on chartered jets from Mumbai to Surat and Guwahati, before landing in Goa on Wednesday night.
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