Rebel Shiv Sena MLA Eknath Shinde, who has claimed support of over 40 Shiv Sena and independent MLAs, today took oath as Chief Minister of Maharashtra at Raj Bhavan in Mumbai. In a shocking turn of events, former Maharashtra CM Devendra Fadnavis also took oath as Deputy Chief Minister. Both were administered their oath by Maharashtra governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari.
After the collapse of MVA government in Maharashtra, caused by rebellion led by Shinde in Shiv Sena, the rebel group joined hands with the BJP led by Devendra Fadnavis. In a presser called today, Devendra Fadnavis announced Eknath Shinde will be the new Chief Minister of Maharashtra. He also said that only Eknath Shinde will take oath today.
However, right before the oathtaking ceremony, BJP National President JP Nadda said that the party’s central leadership want “Devendra Fadnavis to become the Deputy Chief Minister”. Fadnavis, who held the top post between 2014 and 2019, had said he will not be a part of the government led by Shinde, but support it from outside.
“…BJP’s central leadership has decided that Devendra Fadnavis should become a part of the Govt. So, made a personal request to him and Central leadership has said that Devendra Fadnvais should take charge as Deputy CM of Maharashtra..,” BJP chief JP Nadda was quoted as saying by news agency ANI.
Fadnavis, reacting to the central leadership’s order, wrote on Twitter: “As an honest worker, I follow the orders of the party. The order of the party that brought me to the highest position is paramount to me. ”
प्रामाणिक कार्यकर्ता के नाते पार्टी के आदेश का मैं पालन करता हूँ. जिस पार्टी ने मुझे सर्वोच्च पद तक पहुँचाया, उसका आदेश मेरे लिए सर्वोपरि है.
एक प्रामाणिक कार्यकर्ता म्हणून पक्षाच्या आदेशाचे मी पालन करतो. ज्या पक्षाने मला सर्वोच्च पद दिले, त्या पक्षाचा आदेश मला शिरोधार्य आहे. https://t.co/uBp4yBsU5D
— Devendra Fadnavis (@Dev_Fadnavis) June 30, 2022
Fadnavis, following this tweet, took oath as deputy CM.
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