Eknath Shinde sworn in as Chief Minister of Maharashtra

Eknath Shinde was sworn in as Maharashtra’s 20th chief minister on Thursday. Former CM Devendra Fadnavis was also sworn in as Shinde’s deputy.

Shinde and Fadnavis met Maharashtra Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari to demand the formation of a government in Maharashtra. Fadnavis later announced that Shinde would be the state’s new CM.

In a press conference earlier today, Fadnavis said that in 2019, the BJP and Shiv Sena were expected to come together to form the government of Maharashtra. “The mandate of the people has been insulted and the government has been formed with anti-Hindu parties. The last two and a half years of the MVA government have been full of corrupt practices,” Fadnavis said, adding that they also had the support of 16 independent deputies.

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Former CM Uddhav Thackeray, in a live address to the people on Wednesday night, announced that he was stepping down from his post and as MLC. Thackeray’s decision came just after the Supreme Court refused to suspend Koshyari’s directive to Thackeray in the face of a floor test in the assembly on Thursday.

After his announcement, Thackeray left for the governor’s official residence, where he tendered his resignation.

Thacerkay’s resignation capped a week-long drama over resort politics, where rebel Shiv Sena MPs led by minister Eknath Shinde camped out in luxury hotels and hopped on chartered jets from Mumbai to Surat and Guwahati, before landing in Goa on Wednesday evening.

Shinde reached Mumbai on Tuesday afternoon, while rebel MPs supporting him are still in Goa.

First post: STI

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