Eknath Shinde to be sworn in as Maha CM, says BJP’s Devendra Fadnavis

Devendra Fadnavis will be sworn in as CM today, sources say

Asked about the next move of the BJP as it is the largest party in the Maharashtra legislature, Patil said, “The next steps will be decided by Fadnavis and Eknath Shinde.” He also said that BJP workers “should show restraint in victory”.

Fadnavis told reporters that “I will say the party’s position tomorrow for sure.” There will be another round of meetings at Fadnavis’ official residence later in the evening, sources said.

Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray tendered his resignation to state Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari at Raj Bhavan here on Wednesday night. The governor accepted the resignation and asked him to serve as chief minister until another arrangement is reached, Raj Bhavan’s sources said.

Thackeray traveled by Mercedes to the Raj Bhavan, accompanied by his sons Aaditya and Tejas as well as Shiv Sena leaders Neelam Gorhe and Arvind Sawant and others. Thackeray met Governor Koshyari at Raj Bhavan at 11:44 p.m. Shiv Sena workers accompanying him shouted slogans as his convoy reached the Raj bhavan. Later, Thackeray returned to his residence “Matoshree” in the suburb of Bandra.

Meanwhile, Maharashtra has lost a sensible and cultured chief minister in Uddhav Thackeray who has graciously resigned, Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Raut said on Wednesday evening.

Stating he was not interested “in playing the numbers game”, Thackeray said on Wednesday evening that he was stepping down as chief minister. “The Chief Minister (Uddhav Thackeray) has graciously resigned. We have lost a sane and cultured chief minister,” Raut tweeted.

He said they would carry on the legacy of Shiv Sena founder Bal Thackeray and were ready to go to jail. “The end of traitors is never good and history can prove it. Now it’s the start of a massive victory for Shiv Sena. We will face the baton, go to jail but keep alive the Balasaheb Thackeray’s Shiv Sena,” he said.

Raut also said he was grateful to NCP leader Sharad Pawar for persuading Uddhav, son of Bal Thackeray, to take charge of the CM in 2019. “Pawar provided his advice. When his own (Uddhav Thackeray) people (the rebel Sena MPs) stabbed him in the back, Pawar stood firmly behind Uddhav,” he said.

Raut added that Congress leaders have always stayed with the government. “Power comes and goes, and no one is here permanently to stay in power.” He also said that there will certainly be justice.

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