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Shinde takes oath as Maharashtra Chief Minister, Fadnavis becomes Deputy

Devendra Fadnavis swears in amidst massive cheering by supporters. The swearing-in ceremony concludes at Rajya Bhawan in Mumbai.

Mumbai: Shiv Sena rebel Eknath Shinde took oath as the new Chief Minister of Maharashtra, and BJP leader Devendra Fadnavis took oath as Deputy Chief Minister. The swearing-in ceremony concludes at Rajya Bhawan in Mumbai.

Earlier today BJP leader Devendra Fadnavis announced that Shiv Sena rebel Eknath Shinde will be the new Chief Minister of Maharashtra.

The former CM Fadnavis said in a press conference today, “I will stay out of the government and ensure it runs smoothly. It was expected in 2019 that BJP and Shiv Sena together will form the govt in Maharashtra – People’s mandate was insulted and the government was formed with anti-Hindu parties – Last two and a half years of the MVA government were full of corrupt practices – We have the support of 16 independent MLAs also.”

Fadnavis who was touted to be the next CM of Maharastra after Shiv Sena MLA’s rebelled against Uddhav Thackeray, and insisted on forming the government with the Bhartiya Janata Party. But beating all speculations, Fadnavis announced that Shinde shall be the next CM of Maharashtra.

It is believed that Fadnavis was not keen on becoming the deputy chief minister but he was directed by the BJP high command to play an active role in the government and accept the position of deputy CM.

JP Nadda, President, BJP, announced on Twitter that Fadnavis would become the deputy CM of Maharashtra.

Last night, Uddhav Thackeray resigned as Maharashtra Chief Minister on Wednesday, June 29. Uddhav Thackeray’s announcement followed soon after the Supreme Court rejected MVA government’s plea seeking a stay on floor test in the Maharashtra Assembly.

Uddhav Thackeray also resigned from the Maharashtra Legislative Council.

The Shiv Sena chief was left with only 13 MLAs after the revolt that played out in three BJP-ruled states. Eknath Shinde and a group of rebels first moved to Gujarat’s Surat in luxury buses. They were flown to Assam’s Guwahati in chartered flights. They landed in Goa last evening to prepare for a possible test of strength.

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