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Eknath Shinde sworn as new CM of Maharashtra, Fadnavis to be Deputy CM

Shinde, who led the ‘rebel MLAs’ was named as the new CM by Maharashtra’s former CM Devendra Fadnavis in a press conference.

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New Delhi: As Uddhav Thackeray resigned from the post of Chief Minister of Maharashtra, Eknath Shinde took the oath as Maharashtra’s new Chief Minister. Shinde, who led the ‘rebel MLAs’ was named as the new CM by Maharashtra’s former CM Devendra Fadnavis in a press conference. Eknath Shinde became the 20th CM of Maharashtra.

Eknath Shinde was administered an oath by Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari at the Raj Bhavan in Mumbai.

Fadnavis, who was expected to become the next CM of Maharashtra, announced that he would not be a part of the Assembly. It was shocking news as he was the one who led the opposition for BJP against Uddhav Thackeray’s government.

Devendra Fadnavis received a call from BJP’s President J.P. Nadda who asked him to take the post of Deputy CM. Fadnavis agreed to him and took an oath as Maharashtra’s new Deputy CM.

Fadnavis was the state Chief Minister of Maharashtra from 2014-19 and now he is the deputy of Eknath Shinde. The decision to make Eknath Shinde the Chief Minister was said to be taken keeping in mind Bal Thackeray’s Hindutva agenda.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi also congratulated Shinde and Fadnavis after they took the oath.

PM Modi referred to Shinde as a grassroots-level leader with rich political experience. CM Eknath Shinde comes from a humble background as he used to drive an auto-rickshaw to support his family.

Eknath Shinde, along with 40 Shiv Sena MLAs, led a revolt against Shiv Sena leading to the collapse of the 31-month-old Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) government. This led to a big change in the political front of Maharashtra. Eventually, Shinde, the Shiv Sena rebel, will now lead the government in the state.

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