After more than a week long controversy, Maharashtra politics has finally taken a shape as Shiv Sena Rebel Eknath Shinde on Thursday evening took oath as the Chief Minister. BJP leader and former Chief Minister of the state Devendra Fadnavis wo was initially not happy took oath as the Deputy Chief Minister.
Soon after taking oath CM Shinde and his deputy Fadnavis held their first cabinet meeting and planned to convene a special meeting of the state Assembly on July 2 and 3. In the meeting the newly sworn in government will go for trust voting and will also choose a new speaker of the House.
After returning to Mumbai from Goa on Thursday, Eknath Shinde met Devendra Fadnavis at his residence. After their meeting they together went to Raj Bhavan to meet Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari as the duo decided to form government in the state.
However, expectations of Devendra Fadnavis becoming the Chief Minister again were turned down by the announcement of Eknath Shinde becoming the new Chief Minister of Maharashtra.
During a press conference, Mr Fadnavis had said that he will not join the new government but will there be to support it as an outsider.
But in an hour of the decision, BJP president JP Nadda told that the party wants Devendra Fadnavis to become the Chief Minister of Maharashtra.
Both CM Eknath Shinde and Devendra Fadnavis were sworn in for their respective posts by Governor Koshyari at 7:30 pm at Raj Bhavan.
While taking oath, CM Eknath Shinde started with paying tributes to late Shiv Sena founder Bal Thackeray and leader Anand Dighe. Soon after he started taking oath his supports started hailing Bal Thackeray and Anand Dighe.
“Development of the state is my priority. I will take all sections of society along with me,” said Mr Shinde after the oath ceremony.