Maharashtra: Eknath Shinde to be the next CM

After witnessing a lot of dramatic events, the BJP government came to power in Maharashtra.  BJP’s Devendra Fadnavis’s name was first heard as the new CM, however, Devendra Fadnavis himself announced that Eknath Shinde will replace him as Maharashtra Chief Minister. As per the latest report, Shinde will take oath on June 30 at 7:30 pm. The dramatic announcement came after Fadnavis and Shinde met Governor B S Koshyari at Raj Bhavan.

Eknath Shinde in response thanked PM Modi, Mr. Fadnavis and other BJP leaders. The BJP accepted Shiv Sena rebel leader Eknath Shinde as the chief minister, explaining that he owes it to the legacy of the Shiv Sena. The new decision comes after Uddhav Thackery announced his resignation as chief minister on Wednesday night, in a turn of events that altered the fate of the Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) alliance.

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The Shinde faction is projected to get 13 and the BJP 21 seats. The swearing-in ceremony will be held at the Durbar Hall. Eknath Shinde has been an active worker of Shiv Sena since 1980. Since 2004, he has been MLA for four consecutive terms. Today’s dramatic moves give more strength to the allegation that the BJP had already offered Shinde the post of Chief Minister and that the rebel move was based on this.