Eknath Shinde, a politician of the Shiv Sena, was sworn in as chief minister of Maharashtra on Thursday, and Devendra Fadnavis, a member of the BJP, was sworn in as deputy chief minister.
At Raj Bhavan in south Mumbai shortly after 7.30 pm, Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari gave them the oath of office.
Bal Thackeray and Anand Dighe, two late Shiv Sena leaders, were honored first by Shinde. As he completed the oath, his fans screamed praises for Dighe and Thackeray.
Minutes after Fadnavis declared he would not be in the government on Thursday, BJP President J P Nadda claimed Fadnavis would be a part of the new Maharashtra cabinet headed by Shinde.
When he declared that Shinde will be the new chief minister, Fadnavis caught everyone off guard. His announcement went against the notion that he would retake his position with the Shinde faction’s backing.
“My top focus is the state’s development. I’ll bring everyone from all facets of society with me “After the ceremony, Shinde spoke with the press.