Shiv Sena president Uddhav Thackeray was on Thursday sworn in Maharashtra chief minister, heading an unlikely alliance with the Congress and Nationalist Congress Party.
IMAGE: Shiv Sena President Uddhav Thackeray takes oath as the Chief Minister of Maharashtra, at Shivaji Park in Mumbai, on Thursday. Photograph: PTI Photo
The 59-year-old is the third Sena leader and first from the Thackeray family to occupy the post.
His father Bal Thackeray wielded the ‘remote control’ over the first Sena-Bharatiya Janata Party government during 1995-99 but never assumed a position in the government.
IMAGE: Thackeray greets his supporters after swearing-in. Photograph: Mitesh Bhuvad/PTI Photo
Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari administered oath to the saffron-clad Thackeray and six ministers at the sprawling Shivaji Park, venue of the Sena’s Dussehra rallies.
IMAGE: The 59-year-old is the third Sena leader and first from the Thackeray family to occupy the post. Photograph: PTI Photo
Those present at the ceremony included NCP chief Sharad Pawar, Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Kamal Nath, senior Congress leaders Ahmed Patel and Mallikarjun Kharge, Maharashtra Navnirman Sena chief Raj Thackeray and Dravida Munnetra Kazagham leader MK Stalin.
Congress chief Sonia Gandhi was among those invited but she wasn’t present. She sent congratulatory messages to Uddhav and MPCC chief Balasaheb Thorat, who was among the six ministers sworn in.
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Prime Minister Narendra Modi congratulated Uddhav Thackeray on taking oath as the CM of Maharashtra.
‘I am confident he will work diligently for the bright future of Maharashtra,’ Modi tweeted.
IMAGE: Maharashtra Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari greets the newly sworn-in CM. Photograph: Mitesh Bhuvad/PTI Photo
Thackeray took oath as chief minister over a month after results of the October 21 Maharashtra assembly elections were declared on October 24.
IMAGE: Thackeray greets his aunt Kunda Thackeray after swearing-in. Photograph: Mitesh Bhuvad/PTI Photo
Former Maharashtra deputy chief minister Ajit Pawar, his cousin and MP Supriya Sule, Uddhav’s wife Rashmi, his MLA-son Aaditya, industrialist Mukesh Ambani, his wife Nita and son Anant were also present at the ceremony.
The Shiv Sena, NCP and Congress formed the government after the Thackeray-led party fell out with pre-poll ally BJP over sharing the chief ministerial post.
IMAGE: Thackeray with his wife Rashmi and son Aaditya meets NCP president Sharad Pawar. Photograph: PTI Photo
The BJP emerged as the single largest party winning 105 seats. The Shiv Sena, NCP and Congress won 56, 54 and 44 seats respectively in the 288-member Maharashtra Assembly.
Thursday’s swearing in ceremony came after days of dramatic political developments, which included a three-day government formed by BJP’s Devendra Fadnavis with unexpected support from NCP leader Ajit Pawar, who has since returned to the Sharad Pawar-led party fold.
IMAGE: The Thackeray family acknowledges their supporters. Photograph: Mitesh Bhuvad/PTI Photo
There was speculation that Ajit Pawar would be sworn in as deputy chief minister on Thursday but only two ministers from the NCP took oath at the ceremony.
A special session of the 14th state assembly was held on Wednesday where oath was administered to 285 newly-elected members by pro tem Speaker Kalidas Kolambkar who was appointed to the post by Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari.
IMAGE: The Thackerays later visited Siddhivinayak Temple in Mumbai. Photograph: Twitter/PTI Photo
An ace photographer, the otherwise affable, mild-mannered politician, displayed combative traits of his father in dealing with the BJP on the demand for rotational chief ministership just after assembly poll results were announced.
In rallies, Uddhav had repeatedly voiced his resolve to fulfil the dream of his father to make a Shiv Sainik the chief minister, and ended up donning the mantle himself.
IMAGE: Thackeray greeted by DMK president M K Stalin after his swearing-in. Photograph: Mitesh Bhuvad/PTI Photo
Hours before the swearing in ceremony, the Shiv Sena-NCP-Congress alliance said the Maharashtra Vikas Aghadi government in the state would waive farmers’ loans and ensure 80 per cent quota in jobs to the local youth.
NCP leaders Jayant Patil and Nawab Malik and Sena leader Eknath Shinde announced details of the Common Minimum Programme of the alliance.
Sena’s most discussed promise during the assembly poll campaign — a full meal at Rs 10 — also figures in the CMP.
IMAGE: Aerial view of Shivaji Park during Uddhav Thackeray’s swearing-in ceremony. Photograph: Shashank Parade/PTI Photo
A law will be enacted to ensure 80 per cent job quota for locals/domicile youth, it said.
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