Maharashtra political crisis LIVE updates: Eknath Shinde sworn in as Chief Minister of Maharashtra, Devendra Fadnavis takes oath as Deputy CM
Maharashtra political crisis LIVE updates: Eknath Shinde was sworn in as the 20th Chief Minister of Maharashtra on Thursday at Raj Bhavan in Mumbai. Former CM Devendra Fadnavis took the oath as the Shinde’s deputy. Shinde, who was camping in Guwahati with rebel Shiv Sena MLAs, returned to Mumbai on from Goa on Thursday afternoon, following which he and Fadnavis met the Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari to stake claim to form the government. Later in the day Fadnavis announced that Shinde would be sworn in as the new chief minister today. Fadnavis had said he didn’t want to be a part of the government. However, BJP’s national president JP Nadda later said that that the party’s leadership thought it was important for Fadnavis to be a part of the cabinet. On Wednesday, Uddhav Thackeray resigned as the Maharashtra chief minister, just after the Supreme Court refused to stay the Governor’s directive to his government to take a floor test in the Assembly. Thackeray’s resignation 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 Goa on Wednesday night.
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