Shiv Sena MLA Eknath Shinde was sworn in as Chief Minister of Maharashtra on Thursday, while BJP’s Devendra Fadnavis was sworn in as Deputy Chief Minister. In his first cabinet meeting, CM Eknath Shinde decided to reverse Uddhav Thackeray’s government’s crucial decision to halt the construction of metro sheds in Aarey Forest.
After chairing the first cabinet meeting, Shinde traveled to Goa to meet with the rest of his rebel camp. He was welcomed by Goa’s Prime Minister Pramod Sawant. Previously, Shinde said after being named CM-designate that he was always grateful for the support he received from all the rebellious lawmakers and would never let them down.
After Devendra Fadnavis and Eknath Shinde claimed to form the government in the Raj Bhavan, former Chief Minister of Maharashtra Fadnavis declared that Shinde would be the new CM and stay out of the government. However, in a dramatic turn of events, the BJP’s central leadership has asked Devendra Fadnavis to become part of the new government and take on the role of deputy prime minister, BJP national president JP Nadda announced. Moments later, Union Interior Minister Amit Shah announced that Fadnavis had accepted JP Nadda’s proposal and would join the Maharashtra government.
Earlier, Fadnavis said that the BJP will fully support Eknath Shinde’s government as the newly formed cabinet will have members from both the BJP and Shinde’s Shiv-Sena camp. In a joint press conference, Fadnavis attacked the Shiv Sena for insulting the people’s mandate in 2019 and forming an alliance with “those opposed to Hindutva & Savarkar” after the election.