Capping off a series of startling political events of the past 10 days, Maharashtra Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari administered the oath of office to Eknath Sambhaji Shinde as the 20th Chief Minister and Bharatiya Janata Party leader Devendra Fadnavis as the Deputy CM, in Mumbai on Thursday evening.
Fadnavis was CM of Maharastra during the period from 31 October 2014 till 12 November 2019 and for a short breif for three days that is from 23 November 2019 to 26 November 2019 has degraded to Dy chief minister now bought surprises amongst BJP cadres
The oath-taking ceremony came a day after former Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray resigned his post in the wake of a major rebellion in the Shiv Sena legislators that led to the collapse of the 31-month-old Maha Vikas Aghadi government.
While rebel Shiv Sena Eknath Shinde took oath as the Chief Minister of Maharashtra, BJP’s Devendra Fadnavis was sworn in as the Deputy Chief Minister.
The announcement came shortly after Fadnavis and rebel Shiv Sena leader Eknath Shinde went to meet Governor BS Koshyari at Raj Bhavan to stake a claim to form the government.
Uddhav Thackeray had resigned from the chief minister’s post shortly after the Supreme Court refused to stay the floor test order on Wednesday.
After a string of fast-paced developments, the BJP decided to support a minority government headed by Shinde from outside.
Later, following directives of the party top brass like President J.P. Nadda, Union Home Minister Amit Shah and even Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Fadnavis – former two-time CM – finally agreed to join the new regime as the No 2 and Deputy CM.
The two-member cabinet will be expanded soon with more MLAs inducted as ministers from the Shinde group of Shiv Sena and the BJP, according to party sources.