Uddhav Thackeray takes oath as Maharashtra CM as curtain falls on month-long political drama
MUMBAI: Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray on Thursday took oath as the new chief minister of Maharashtra at a glittering ceremony organized at the historic Shivaji Park, bringing to an end the month-long political drama in the state.
Udhahv, 59, son of party founder late Bal Thackeray, is first from his family and third from the party to become the chief minister.
Thackeray who is the 18th chief minister of Maharashtra, Known as India’s financial capital, leads the Maharashtra Vikas Aghadi, an alliance of Nationalist Congress Party, Shiv Sena and Congress.
Shiv Sena had fought the state elections in alliance with the BJP, and both the parties got a comfortable majority in the House to form the government.
Trouble arose when the BJP rejected Sena’s demand for 50-50 formula which included equal sharing of the chief ministership between the two parties.
Even as the Sena was holding talks with the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) of Sharad Pawar and the Congress of Sonia Gandhi over government formation and the three parties even announced the name of the chief minister, the BJP lured NCP legislator party leader Ajit Pawar to its camp and formed government early Saturday last week. While Fadnavis took oath as the chief minister, Ajit Pawar was sworn in as his deputy.
Initially many believed junior Pawar had the indirect backing of the NCP chief but very soon senior Pawar came into action and convinced his nephew to return back. Eventually, Ajit Pawar resigned as the deputy chief minister, leading to resignation BJP chief minister Devendra Fadnavis too.
This finally set the stage for the formation of Uddhav Thackeray government in Maharashtra today.