Shiv Sena rebel leader Eknath Shinde to be new Maharashtra CM, BJP to support
Mumbai, June 30, 2022
In an unexpected political twist, Shiv Sena's rebel group leader Eknath Shinde was on Thursday announced as the new Chief Minister of Maharashtra at the head of a government supported by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).
BJP leader and former Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis made the announcement after calling on Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari along with Shinde this afternoon.
"We have submitted a list of entire BJP MLAs, the group led by Shindeji, 16 independents and others, with more joining us, to the Governor," he said.
Shinde will be sworn in alone as the Chief Minister at 7.30 p.m. and later on, the cabinet will be expanded to accommodate MLAs from both sides.
Shinde, on his part, said he would work for the progress and development of the state which had "practically halted" in the past 30 months of the previous government and reiterated that he would follow the ideals of Shiv Sena founder Bahasaheb Thackeray's Hindutva.
He also thanked the BJP and Fadnavis for their large-heartedness in supporting his prospective government.
Fadnavis said: "I will remain out of the government, but I shall do everything possible to make the new government a success on all fronts, and resume the developmental activities that had stopped in the past two and half years."
In the past nine days when the crisis was brewing, the rebel camp had repeatedly asserted that Fadnavis would return as Chief Minister and that Shinde would be the Deputy Chief Minister but today's developments have come as a big surprise to many.