While it is unclear who all will feature in the cabinet, sources suggested the team will be small but all the rebel MLAs will be “rewarded suitably”.
Mumbai: After speculations of his return, BJP’s Devendra Fadnavis cleared the air and said rebel faction’s leader Eknath Shinde will be made the Chief Minister of Maharashtra. The duo met Governor Bhagat Singh Koshiyari and staked claim to power. Shinde is expected to take oath as the Chief Minister on Thursday. Meanwhile, sources said Devendra Fadnavis will be the deputy chief minister of Maharashtra.
After heightened political drama in Maharashtra for over a week, Wednesday things settled after the Supreme Court turned down a Shiv Sena plea to stop a floor test ordered by the Governor and subsequently, Uddhav Thackeray quit as the Chief Minister of Maharashtra. Thackeray announced his decision through Facebook live and in some time, reached the Governor’s house and submitted his resignation.
Meanwhile, the rebel camp reached Goa Wednesday night and stayed at the Taj Hotel. The camp, led by Eknath Shinde, was supposed to reach Mumbai Thursday morning. Although the camp did reach Mumbai, it was not for the floor test but in a complete mood of celebration to finally have its way with the leadership.
While it is unclear who all will feature in the cabinet even as sources suggested the team will be small but all the rebel MLAs will be “rewarded suitably”.
Outgoing Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray Wednesday night said he is satisfied that his government has officially renamed Aurangabad to Sambhaji Nagar and Osmanabad to Dharashiv – the cities named by Balasaheb Thackeray. Thackeray, during his address on Facebook live, said he expresses his gratitude to MVA partners NCP and Congress for supporting the government’s decision. Anil Parab, Subhash Desai and Aaditya Thackeray were present when the proposal was passed.
He said that he respects the order of the Supreme Court and democracy should be maintained.
In a late night hearing on Wednesday, the Supreme Court refused to stay the floor test in the Maharashtra Assembly on Thursday. The apex court bench also said it is ordering a notice on the petitions and that Thursday’s floor test proceedings will be subject to the final outcome of the writ petition.