Devendra Fadnavis emerges to become Maharashtra`s new CM; BJP MLAs to elect leader today

Devendra Fadnavis

Mumbai/New Delhi, Oct 28: The process of government-formation in Maharashtra has moved ahead, as newly-elected MLAs of BJP will meet in Mumbai on Tuesday to choose their Legislature Party leader.

BJP’s central observers Union home minister Rajnath Singh and J P Nadda will attend the legislature party meet and elect the next chief minister of the state.

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 further softened its stand saying it is ready to support any leader chosen by the BJP as the next chief minister of Maharashtra.

“On the day of Laxmi Pooja, Devendra Fadnavis met Nitin Gadkari and took his blessings. Later Gadkari met the RSS chief and took his blessings. All these blessings are undoubtedly important, but the blessings of the people are the most important. Shiv Sena is ready to support anyone who will take Maharashtra ahead with the blessings of the people,” Sena said in an editorial in its mouthpiece ‘Saamana’.

The party says that though Union minister Nitin Gadkari has the experience to don the mantle in the state, the final decision will be taken by the high command in Delhi.

“The final decision over the CM’s name will be taken by the high command in Delhi, hence no point for the state leaders to think over this. Gadkari is well versed with the state and hence has a development vision for Maharashtra. On the other hand ,Fadnavis does not have the experience of being involved in governance,” the party organ said.

The party organ expressed that we are happy that the BJP won the elections and rooted the corrupt Congress and the NCP out of power. The state will benefit from the oust of both these parties.

It may be noted that Devendra Fadnavis is emerging as the new chief minister. 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.

(With Agency Inputs)

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