Thursday, August 11, 2022

Shinde is Maha CM, Fadnavis Dy.CM

Rebel Shiv Sena leader Eknath Shinde was on Thursday sworn in as the 20th chief minister of Maharashtra, while BJP stalwart Devendra Fadnavis took oath as the deputy CM, capping a day of surprises and bringing a dramatic end to the ten-day-old political crisis in the state.
Widely seen as the next chief minister after the collapse of MVA government on Wednesday, Fadnavis sprang a huge surprise when he announced that Shinde will occupy the top post and that he will not be part of his dispensation.
Maharashtra Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari administered the oath of office to Shinde (58) and his deputy Fadnavis (51). Shinde, a four-time MLA, began oath taking by paying tributes to late Shiv Sena leaders Bal Thackeray and Anand Dighe, his political mentor in Thane district.
“Development of the state is my priority. I will take all sections of society along with me,” Shinde said after the ceremony.
A two-day special session of the Maharashtra legislature will be held from July 2.
The decision was taken in the first cabinet meeting after Shinde took over as the new chief minister, officials said.
On the first day, election to the post of Assembly speaker will be held.


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