Devendra Fadnavis takes oath as Maharashtra`s new Chief Minister amid massive cheering from crowd

Devendra Fadnavis takes oath as new chief minister of Maharashtra

Mumbai, Oct 31: Maharashtra Governor Chennamaneni Vidyasagar Rao on Friday administered oath of office to Devendra Fadnavis as Maharashtra Chief Minister amid massive cheering from the crowd present at the Wankhede stadium.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP chief Amit Shah was present on the dias during the swearing-in ceremony.

According to reports, other BJP leader who took oath as Cabinet ministers are: BJP core committee members Eknath Khadse, Sudhir Mungantiwar, Vinod Tawde and Pankaja Munde, former Mumbai BJP president Prakash Mehta, tribal leader from neighbouring Palghar district Vishnu Sawra, and Chandrakant Patil.

Dilip Kamble and Vidya Thakur are being sworn in as ministers of state.

Among the dignitaries present in the function include Gujarat Chief Miniater Anandiben Patel, Chhattisgarh CM Raman Singh, Andhra Pradesh CM Chandrababu Naidu and Goa CM Manohar Parrikar.

Top filmstars, industrialists and sportspersons, apart from political leaders are also present in the swearing-in ceremont at the Wankhede Stadium.

Just hours ahead of the ceremony, BJP president Amit Shah reached out to Shiv Sena Chief Uddhav Thackeray to attend the function. Devendra Fadnavis also called up the sulking Sena chief and invited him to attend the oath taking ceremony, Sena leaders said.

The call from the BJP leaders ended the 10-day standoff and Uddhav Thackeray decided to go back on his earlier decision to boycott the ceremony.

Sena MP Anil Desai told a newspaper that both Shah and union minister Arun Jaitley spoke to Uddhav inviting him to be part of the government, and requested him to attend the ceremony.

Desai said that although there was no elaborate discussion on ministerial berths, it will happen in the next few days.

The Shiv Sena reportedly insisted that they should be given a respectable deal if they have to lend their 63 seats to the BJP which has 123 seats, 22 seats short of majority.

Earlier, Sena leaders had called for a boycott after BJP general secretary Rajiv Pratap Rudy said Thursday the former ally would not be a part of the government as of now.

BJP had sent out invites to Shiv Sena chief Thackeray, NCP chief Sharad Pawar and former Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan for the event.Fadnavis, a four-term MLA from Nagpur, will be administered the oath of office by Governor C Vidyasagar Rao at Wankhede Stadium.
(With Agency Inputs)

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