Mumbai, Oct 28: The BJP’S newly-elected MLAs on Tuesday elected Devendra Fadvanis as the leader of Maharashtra BJP Legislature Party, paving the way for him to become next chief minister of the state.
According to reports, Fadnavis was elected leader of the BJP Legislature Party in the presence of party’s central observers Union home minister Rajnath Singh and J P Nadda.
His name was proposed by senior party leader Eknath Khadse who had also earlier claimed to be in the race for the CM’s post.
Fadnavis along with other state BJP leaders will now call on Governor C Vidyasagar Rao and formally stake claim to form the government.
Devendra Fadnavis, who was Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s favourite among all the contenders, will now be the BJP’s first-ever chief minister in the state.
Fadnavis, who is the Maharastra state unit president, has been the frontrunner for the state’s top post after the assembly elections.
It may be noted that the Shiv Sena, which broke 25-year alliance with BJP ahead of Maharashtra elections last month, has openly expressed its desire for a coalition government of the two parties.
On Monday, the Sena softened its stand saying it is ready to support any leader chosen by the BJP as the next chief minister of Maharashtra.
The lobbying in the party has been going on for crucial portfolios in the small cabinet of six or seven ministers that will be sworn in on October 30.
The BJP is reportedly busy trying to make the oath-taking ceremony a grand spectacle, which for the first time will be held in the well-know cricket venue, Wankhede Stadium in south Mumbai.
More than 30,000 party supporters from across the state are expected to throng the cricket stadium, along with BJP chief ministers, BJP state presidents besides prominent members of Mumbai’s glamour circuit.
The sources said the BJP on Sunday told the Shiv Sena to drop all its unwarranted conditions and unreasonable demands if it wished to participate in the BJP-led government.
The BJP has 122 seats in the 288-member Maharashtra assembly and needs 23 more legislators to reach the halfway mark. The NCP, which has 41 MLAs, has already extended support from outside to the BJP, which is still undecided on accepting it.
(With Agency Inputs)