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Maharashtra Live: Only time will tell if people accept replacing Balasaheb’s son with Shinde as CM, says Uddhav

Eknath Shinde Swearing-in Ceremony as Maharashtra CM Live Updates: Rebel Shiv Sena MLA Eknath Shinde on Thursday took oath as Maharashtra’s Chief Minister while BJP’s Devendra Fadnavis was sworn-in as the Deputy Chief Minister. In his first cabinet meeting, CM Eknath Shinde decided to overturn Uddhav Thackeray government’s final decision of stopping metro carshed construction inside the Aarey forest. Reacting to this, Thackeray, in his first public appearance since stepping down, requested the Shinde government with “folded hands” not to endanger the lives of wild animals. After chairing the first cabinet meet, Shinde left for Goa to meet with the rest of his rebel camp. He was greeted by Goa Chief Minister Pramod Sawant. Earlier, Shinde, after being named CM-designate, said that he would always be grateful for the support he received from all the rebel legislators and will never let them down.

After Devendra Fadnavis and Eknath Shinde staked a claim to form the government at the Raj Bhavan, former Maharashtra Chief Minister Fadnavis declared that Shinde will be the new CM and he will be staying out of the government. However, in a dramatic turn of events, BJP’s central leadership has requested Devendra Fadnavis to be a part of the new government, and take the role of Deputy Chief Minister, announced BJP National President JP Nadda. Moments later, Union Home Minister Amit Shah announced that Fadnavis has accepted JP Nadda’s proposal and will join the Maharashtra government.

Earlier, Fadnavis said that BJP will be extending full support to the Eknath Shinde government as the newly-formed cabinet will have members from both BJP and Shinde’s Shiv Sena camp. In a joint-press conference, Fadnavis attacked the Shiv Sena for insulting the mandate given by the people back in 2019 and forming a post-poll alliance with “those who are against Hindutva & Savarkar.”

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The resignation of Thackeray (62) capped a week-long drama of resort politics, where rebel Shiv Sena MLAs led by minister Eknath Shinde camped in luxury hotels and hopped on chartered jets from Mumbai to Surat and Guwahati, before landing in the cool climes of Go on Wednesday night. In a televised address shortly after 9.30 pm, Thackeray said he was hurt by the rebellion in his party and announced that he has also decided to quit as a member of the state Legislative Council.

The political tussle in Maharashtra entered a decisive phase on Wednesday when Koshyari ordered the state government to take a floor test in the Assembly on Thursday, a day after a BJP delegation met him and demanded a floor test claiming that the Sena-led government was in minority. Thackeray-led Shiv Sena’s chief whip Sunil Prabhu then moved the Supreme Court against Governor Koshyari’s direction. The top court, however, after a prolonged hearing, refused to order stay on the floor test, which was scheduled to be taken up at 11 am today.

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