Politics in Maharashtra took a completely new turn on Tuesday after the Supreme Court ordered floor test in the Maharashtra assembly. Now Uddhav Thackeray will be sworn-in as the chief minister of Maharashtra after the Shiv Sena-NCP-Congress alliance declared him their leader.
The pro-tem speaker has started administering oath to 288 newly elected members in the Maharashtra assembly today. The oath is being administered by newly appointed pro-tem speaker Kalidas Kolambkar. Five days after Maharashtra got Devendra Fadnavis back as the chief minister, now it will have Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray as the new chief minister.
Thackeray will be sworn in as the chief minister on Friday. NCP leader Ajit Pawar resigned as the Deputy CM from the Fadnavis government and forced him to also quit as the chief minister. Later the three parties' alliance Maharashtra Vikas Aghadi staked claim to form the government and met Governor BS Koshyari to offer him a letter of support of 166 MLAs, much above the required the majority mark. Maharashtra will have a Shiv Sena chief minister after 20 years but for the first a Thackeray family member will be the chief minister.
Will meet elder brother PM Modi in Delhi: Uddhav Thackeray
A senior Shiv Sena leader, who met the governor along with leaders of the Congress and the NCP, said Uddhav Thackeray will take oath as the chief minister at 6:40 pm on November 28 at the Shivaji Park in Dadar. Uddhav Thackeray, who would be the first member of his family to occupy the top political post in the state, said his government will not be vindictive. "I will go to Delhi to meet my 'elder brother' after the government is formed," Uddhav Thackeray said, referring to Prime Minister Narendra Modi who had called him "my younger brother" during campaign rallies. Hours earlier, four-day-old BJP government led by Devendra Fadnavis and supported by NCP's Ajit Pawar had collapsed.
Uddhav Thackeray will have to prove majority within 7 days
Uddhav Thackeray will have to prove majority in the Maharashtra assembly within 7 days of being sworn-in as the chief minister. The NCP-Congress-Shiv Sena combine on Tuesday evening staked claim to form the government in Maharashtra with the support of 166 MLAs.
Supriya Sule hugs, welcomes Aaditya Thackeray at swearing-in
Shiv Sena leader Aaditya Thackeray received a warm welcome from NCP MP Supriya Sule at the Maharashtra assembly for the oath-taking ceremony. Supriya Sule hugged Aaditya Thackeray, who is a first time MLA in Maharashtra.
Ajit Pawar takes oath in Maharashtra assembly
NCP leader Ajit Pawar takes oath in Maharashtra assembly. A day before he resigned as the deputy chief minister from the Devendra Fadnavis government.
Rohit Pawar: Happy to have Ajit Pawar back
Rohit Pawar speaks to media outside Maharashtra assembly, say the new government will "definitely last for five years." Rohit Pawar also added that NCP is happy that Ajit Pawar has returned to the party. "He is very much a party of NCP. He knows how a government works and we will work under his guidance," said Rohit Pawar.
Amruta Fadnavis signs off with message for people of Maharashtra
Devendra Fadnavis's wife Amruta Fadnavis signs off with a message for the people of Maharashtra, says, "I tried to perform my role to best of my abilities."
Sanjay Raut: Mission complete, Uddhav will be CM
Sena MP Sanjay Raut: Maharashtra will see a new change. Our mission is complete as Uddhav Thackeray is going to be the CM.
Sena, NCP, Congress to decide portfolio-sharing in 2 days: Thorat
Maharashtra Congress chief Balasaheb Thorat on Wednesday said the sharing of portfolios among the Shiv Sena, NCP and Congress in the next state government will be finalised in a couple of days. Speaking to reporters after taking oath as member of the 14th state Assembly on Wednesday, Thorat, the Congress Legislature Party leader in the House, said, "The ratio of portfolio-sharing will be finalised in next two days. The number of Cabinet and Minister of State (MoS) posts to be given to each party will also be finalised in next two days."