Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray on Thursday evening took oath as the 19th Chief Minister of Maharashtra at the Shivaji Park in Mumbai. The six other ministers – Eknath Shinde and Siddharth Desai of the Shiv Sena, Jayant Patil and Chhagan Bhujbal of the NCP and Balasaheb Thorat and Nitin Raut of the Congress – have also sworn in along with him.
With the newly formed government of the Maha Vikas Aghadi, an alliance of the Shiv Sena-NCP-Congress, sworn in, the curtains have been brought down for now on a month-long drama after the results of the Maharashtra elections were announced.
PM Narendra Modi was among the first to congratulate the new Maharashtra CM. “Congratulations to Uddhav Thackeray Ji on taking oath as the CM of Maharashtra. I am confident he will work diligently for the bright future of Maharashtra,” he tweeted.
DMK chief MK Stalin, DMK leader TR Baalu, Congress leader Ahmed Patel and NCP leader Praful Patel attended Uddhav Thackeray’s swearing-in along with other leaders of the three parties.
Uddhav has now joined the league of eight leaders – including Sharad Pawar – who became Maharashtra Chief Minister without being a member of either the state Legislative Assembly or Council.