Eknath Shinde would be the new Chief Minister of Maharashtra. Shinde, a Shiv Sena leader, would be administered oath of office and secrecy by Maharashtra Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari at 7.30 pm in Raj Bhavan. Shinde had rebelled against Shiv Sena President Uddhav Thackeray and formed his own group. He will not join the government. He will support the government and help out in whatever best possible way,” BJP’s stalwart Devendra Fadnavis said. The council-of-ministers would be sworn in later. Shinde is an admirer of late Shiv Sena supremo Balasaheb Thackeray and protege of ‘Dharmaveer’ Anand Dighe. The BJP has claimed that it has the support of a total of 170 MLAs, including those from Shinde’s rebel faction. He gave the letters from the BJP legislature party, the Shiv Sena legislature party and 16 independents/others,” Fadnavis said.
Explaining his stand, Shinde said: He did this for Balasaheb’s Hindutva.
Explaining his stand, Shinde said: He did this for Balasaheb’s Hindutva. The decision that they have taken is committed to Balasaheb’s Hindutva and for the development work in the constituencies of their MLAs. He has 50 MLAs with us,” he said. Shinde thanked Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Union Home Minister Amit Shah, BJP President Amit Shah and Fadnavis for giving him the opportunity. Devendra ji could himself take the post…he has 120 MLAs…this is an example in India,” he said. It will be his responsibility to ensure that the government works properly. This is not a fight for power but for Hindutva,” he said