Mumbai: Eknath Shinde will be the new CM of Maharashtra. Eknath Shinde will take oath as Chief Minister of Maharashtra today evening at 7.30PM. BJP will support this government externally says Devendra Fadnavis.
Mr Shinde and BJP leader Devendra Fadnavis met Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari and staked claim to form the new government in the state. Addressing a joint press conference, Mr Fadnavis made surprise announcement to make Mr Shinde the next Chief Minister of the state. He said that BJP will give outside support to the government. Mr Shinde, who alone will take oath of the Chief Minister’s post will be the 20th CM of Maharashtra.
The BJP leader said, decision on who all be will be part of the Council of Ministers will be taken later. Mr Fadnavis said, he will not be part of the government. Speaking on the occasion, Mr Shinde said that he has joined hands with the BJP for the development of the state. He said, today BJP has a support of 120 MLAs including some independents as well. He said, Mr Fadnavis could have become the Chief Minister. However, he left it so that a Shivsainik of Balasaheb Thackeray could become the Chief Minister.
Mr. Shinde thanked Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Home Minister Amit Shah and Mr Fadnavis for the opportunity. He claimed that he has a total of 50 MLAs which include 39 from Shivsena and 10 independents.
The Swearing-in ceremony will take place at Raj Bhavan at 7.30 p.m. later this evening.