Eknath Shinde sworn in as new Maharashtra Chief Minister, Devendra Fadnavis sworn in as Deputy CM

Eknath Shinde takes oath as the new Maharashtra Chief Minister, Devendra Fadnavis has been sworn in as the deputy Chief Minister of Maharashtra.

Eknath Shinde sworn in as new Maharashtra Chief Minister
Eknath Shinde sworn in as new Maharashtra Chief Minister

Maharashtra Government News: Shiv Sena leader Eknath Shinde has been sworn in as the new Chief Minister of  Maharashtra. He was administered the oath of office by Maharashtra Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari at the Raj Bhawan in Mumbai on June 30, 2022. Former Maharashtra CM Devendra Fadnavis took the oath as the deputy Chief Minister of Maharashtra. 

Prime Minister Narendra Modi took to Twitter to congratulate Eknath Shinde 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," the PM tweeted. 

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Devendra Fadnavis, who served as the Maharashtra Chief Minister from 2014-19 had announced in a joint press conference that Eknath Shinde will be the new CM and not him. He had also announced at the press conference that he will not be part of the government.

Home Minister Amit Shah informed later in a tweet that Fadnavis has agreed to be a part of the new government at the behest of BJP President JP Nadda in the interest of the people of the state. The Home Minister tweeted that the decision is a sign of his true loyalty and service towards Maharashtra. 

Devendra Fadnavis, Eknath Shinde Joint Press Conference: Key Details

Devendra Fadnavis had said in the joint press conference with Eknath Shinde earlier in the evening, "In 2019 BJP & Shiv Sena had an alliance & we got required numbers in Assembly elections. We hoped to form the govt but Shiv Sena chose to get into an alliance with those against whom Balasaheb protested throughout his life."

Fadnavis stated that the Shiv Sena insulted the mandate of the people by forming an alliance with those who are against Hindutva & Savarkar. He continued by saying, "On one hand, Shiv Sena opposed Dawood (Ibrahim) and on the other hand, they kept such a man in the cabinet who went to jail on allegations of helping Dawood. They were in alliance with someone who insulted Savarkar."

Eknath Shinde, Devendra Fadnavis stake claim to form Maharashtra Government

Eknath Shinde and BJP leader Devendra Fadnavis met Maharashtra Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari earlier and staked claim to form the government. 

50 MLAs with us, 40 from Shiv Sena: Eknath Shinde

Maharashtra CM-designate Eknath Shinde said that a total of 50 MLAs are with them, including 40 MLAs from Shiv Sena. "We have fought this battle so far with their help...I will not let even a scratch mar the trust that these 50 people have placed in me - let alone break that trust," said Shinde.

Shinde said, "We went to former CM Thackeray with our constituency's grievances & development work along with advising him on need for improvement as we started realizing that it would be difficult for us to win the next elections. We demanded for a natural alliance with BJP."

He claimed that BJP has 120 MLAs but despite this Devendra Fadnavis didn't take the post of Chief Minister. "I express my gratitude to him along with PM Modi, Amit Shah & other BJP leaders that they showed generosity & made Balasaheb's Sainik (party-worker) the CM of the state," Shinde added, 

Shiv Sena MLAs were demanding that the alliance with Congress and NCP should be ended but Uddhav Thackeray ignored these MLAs and gave priority to MVA alliance partners, that's why these MLAs intensified their voices:  BJP leader Devendra Fadnavis

Devendra Fadnavis not part of the government

BJP leader Devendra Fadnavis said that he will stay out of the government. He also informed that they will have a cabinet expansion after the swearing-in ceremony today. 

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