Maharashtra CM Uddhav Thackeray Swearing-in Updates: After first Cabinet meet, chief minister announces govt's decision to sanction Rs 20 crore for Raigad Fort's reconstruction

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Maharashtra CM Uddhav Thackeray Swearing-in Updates: After first Cabinet meet, chief minister announces govt's decision to sanction Rs 20 crore for Raigad Fort's reconstruction
  • 22:33 (IST)

    Aghadi govt sanctions Rs 20 crore for Raigad Fort reconstruction

    In a press conference after the first Cabinet meet of the Maha Vikas Aghadi government, Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray announced that Rs 20 crore have been sanctioned for the reconstruction of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj’s capital in Raigad Fort. The project, which costs Rs 600 crore, has seen an expenditure of Rs 20 crore in the past, the Shiv Sena chief said.

    Promising that the alliance will Maharashtra a stable government, Thackeray said that he will check the reality of implementation of all state and Centre schemes aimed at helping farmers. “I don’t want just memorandums and announcements. I want to see the ground reality when it comes to farmers. The fact is that after the loan waiver, many didn’t get beenfits. I want to see to it that the money comes to the farmers,” he said.

    Responding to Devendra Fadnavis’ criticism of the common minimum programme not having a mention of Marathwada, Vidarbha and North Maharashtra, Uddhav said that the Cabinet’s vision is for the entire state, not for a particular region.

    He also said that the government’ aim is to make Maharashtra the top state in the country.

  • 22:11 (IST)

    Aghadi's common minimum programme ignores Marathwada, Vidarbha, says Devendra Fadnavis

    Former chief minister Devendra Fadnavis in a tweet in Marathi said, "The Maha Vikas Aghadi has made many tall claims in its common minimum programme. However, it has not even mentioned Marathwada, Vidarbha and North Maharashtra — regions that have remained underdeveloped for years. This is very unfortunate. Let us hope that the new government pays attention to this aspect."

  • 22:10 (IST)

    Devendra Fadnavis starts vacating official CM residence

    Former chief minister Devendra Fadnavis started vacating the official residence Varsha allotted to him in south Mumbai. A vehicle of a professional packers and movers company arrived at the residence in the afternoon to shift his belongings, a police official posted there told PTI.

    According to sources, Fadnavis, who hails from Nagpur, has started hunting for a new house in Mumbai as he and his family members will continue to reside in the metropolis. Fadnavis's wife Amrita works at a senior position in Axis Bank and their daughter also studies in Mumbai.

  • 21:50 (IST)

    Cabinet meet at Sahyadri guest house commences

    Other leaders who arrived at Sahyadri Guest House included Ajit Pawar and Dilip Walase Patil of the NCP; Shiv Sena MPs Rajan Vichare, Anil Desai and Shrikant Shinde, and Sena Member of Legislative Council Anil Parab.

    The cabinet, in the first meeting, is supposed to decide on calling a special session of the Assembly to elect full-time Speaker who will conduct floor test, a senior IAS officer told PTI.

  • 21:25 (IST)

    First Cabinet meeting under chief ministership of Uddhav Thackeray begins at Sahyadri guest house, report ANI

  • 21:24 (IST)

    Activists and residents fighting to prevent a Metro car shed from being built at Aarey Colony in Mumbai were present at Shivaji Park, holding 'Save Aarey' banners

  • 21:07 (IST)

    Trustees, alumni of Uddhav Thackeray's alma mater overjoyed by his swearing-in

    The news of swearing in of Uddhav Thackeray, a 1976-batch student of Balmohan Vidyamandir school, brought happiness and excitement among teachers, trustees and current and former students of the school.

    "This is a proud moment for the school as two of our students are taking oath of office," Guruprasad Rege, trustee and director of the school, told PTI. Jayant Patil, who took oath as a minister at Shivaji Park, was also a student of the same school.

    "I am very happy as my childhood friend Uddhav is becoming chief minister. I hope this government runs for 25 years. He has always been very simple, honest and calm since our school days," Thackeray's childhood friend Vinay Kore told PTI.

    "Actually he was a year senior to me. But a teacher scolded him for some reason on the very first day. It scared him so much that he did not attend school for one whole year," Kore said. Next year Bal Thackeray himself escorted him to school on the first day, Kore said

  • 20:59 (IST)

    Defence Minister Rajnath Singh congratulates Uddhav Thackeray

    Wishing Uddhav Thackeray on being sworn in as the Maharashtra Chif Minister, Union Defence Minister Rajnath Singh expressed hope that he will take Maharashtra on the "road to development".

  • 20:58 (IST)

    A Shiv Sena supporter at Shivaji Park for the swearing-in ceremony today

  • 20:56 (IST)

    Uddhav Thackeray needs to get elected to legislative assembly or council

    Since the Sena leader is currently not a legislator, he will have to get elected either to the legislative assembly or the council within six months of taking oath.

    Additionally, a floor test will be held in the Maharashtra Assembly by 3 December, for which the tripartite alliance will have to keep its flock of MLAs together.

  • 20:54 (IST)

    Uddhav Thackeray - the photographer

    Known for his passion for photography, he started out in the advertising field by setting up an agency called 'Chaurang'. Thackeray specialises in aerial and wildlife photography.

    He has two photo books to his credit, 'Maharashtra Desh' (2010) on the forts of the state, and 'Pahava Vitthal' (2011) on the Pandharpur wari (on pilgrimage to the temple town of Pandharpur).

    'Maharashtra Desh' is full of breathtaking aerial shots, providing a glimpse into the cultural fabric, physical beauty and historical perspective of this wondrous state.

    A few years ago, he organised an exhibition of his photographs and Rs 10 lakh collected from their sale was donated for farmer causes.

  • 20:51 (IST)

    Maharashtra will "develop as a whole" under Uddhav Thackeray, says Ajit Pawar

  • 20:49 (IST)

    Around 70,000 people reportedly attended Uddhav Thackeray's swearing in at Shivaji Park

  • 20:36 (IST)

    Akhilesh Yadav calls Maha Vikas Aghadi an alliance of socialism, secularism

    "I congratulate the new Maha Vikas Aghadi government in Maharashtra and new chief minister Uddhav Thackeray. This new alliance of secularism and socialism is the beginning of a new political era in national politics. BJP's achhe din (good days) are over," the Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav said in a tweet in Hindi.

  • 20:33 (IST)

    WATCH | Uddhav Thackeray takes oath as the chief minister

    Before taking oath, Uddhav Thackeray paid obeisance to Chhatrapati Shivaji and invoked the memory of his parents.

  • 20:27 (IST)

    Chhagan Bhujbal and Subhash Desai arrive at Sahyadri guest house for first Cabinet meet

    Uddhav Thackeray had earlier arrived for the meet after offering prayers at the Siddhivinayak Temple.

  • 20:25 (IST)

    Maharashtra would excel in all fields during Uddhav Thackeray's tenure as CM, says Supriya Sule

  • 20:23 (IST)

    Mamata Banerjee says Uddhav Thackeray's govt will work for all-round development

  • 20:18 (IST)

    HD Devegowda congratulates chief minister

    JD(S) patriarch HD Deve Gowda said that Uddhav Thackeray's installation as the chief minister is a "tight slap on the face of those trying to destroy the democratic fabric" of the nation.

    Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal also conveyed his wishes to Thackeray.

  • 20:15 (IST)

    Thackeray offer prayers at Siddhivinayak Temple

    After the conclusion of the oath-taking ceremony at Shivaji Park in Dadar, Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray visited the Siddhivinayak Temple with his wife Rashmi and their son and Worli MLA Aaditya.

  • 20:13 (IST)

    Sharad Pawar keeping together unnatural alliance, says BJP's Poonam Mahajan

    Congratulating Uddhav Thackeray on being sworn-in as the Chief Minister of Maharashtra, BJP's Poonam Mahajan said that it remains to be seen how far the "three-wheeler car will go". "Only Sharad Pawar ji is keeping this unnatural alliance together, Congress doesn't even have 10 percent say in the government. They are just watching over from Delhi," she said.

    Sena leader Neelam Gorhe said that the party's dream has been fulfilled only today.

  • 20:02 (IST)

    About Uddhav Thackeray, Maharshtra's newly sworn-in chief minister

    Uddhav Thackeray was born on 27 July, 1960, in the same year as the foundation of the state of Mahrashtra. He studied at Balmohan Vidyamandir and later graduated from the JJ School of Arts, where photography was his main subject.

    He formally took over as the chief of Shiv Sena after his father Balasaheb Thackeray died in 2012.

    Not having held any significant post or portfolio before, Uddhav Thackeray's chief ministership comes after he stuck to the Shiv Sena's 50:50 deal with the BJP over the prime state government post. Thackeray refused to bow down to the BJP over the issue leading to the collapse of the three-decade-old alliance.

    Thackeray is the third Shiv Sena Chief Minister, after Manohar Joshi and Narayan Rane, and the first member of his family to hold the top post in Maharashtra.

  • 19:44 (IST)

    Shiv Sena workers celebrate in Jammu after Uddhav Thackeray takes oath as Maharashtra Chief Minister

    Celebrations also erupted outside the Sena Bhawan in Dadar after the Shiv Sena chief took an oath of office at the Shivaji Park, which is considered the birthplace of the party.

  • 19:29 (IST)

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi congratulates Uddhav Thackeray

    Expressing confidence that Uddhav Thackeray will work towards a bright future for Maharashtra, Prime Minister Narendra Modi congratulated the newly sworn-in Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray in a tweet.

  • 19:15 (IST)

    Uddhav Thackeray's oath-taking ceremony concludes

    First Cabinet meeting to be held at 8 pm at Sahyadri Guest House.

  • 19:07 (IST)

    Congress leaders Balasaheb Thorat, Nitin Raut take oaths as ministers in the Maharashtra Cabinet

  • 19:05 (IST)

    In pictures: Uddhav Thackeray becomes the first from his family to become the chief minister

  • 18:59 (IST)

    NCP leaders Jayant Patil and Chhagan Bhujbal take oaths as ministers of Maharashtra Cabinet

    Bhujbal had spent over two years in jail over the Maharashtra Sadan Scam, before being released on bail. He had been a Shiv Sena strongman and was also the PWD Minister under the Congress-NCP government.

  • 18:52 (IST)

    Eknath Shinde, Subhash Desai take oath a ministers of Maharashtra Cabinet

    Two ministers each from the Congress and Nationalist Congress Party will be sworn in as minister next.

  • 18:46 (IST)

    Uddhav Thackeray takes oath as the 18th Chief Minister of Maharashtra

  • 18:40 (IST)

    Uddhav Thackeray arrives at Shivaji Park

    The Shiv Sena chief will take oath as the chief minister soon.

    Uddhav Thackeray will be the eighth person to take oath as Maharashtra CM while not being a legislator. NCP chief Sharad Pawar and Congress leaders AR Antulay, Vasantdada Patil, Shivajirao Nilangekar-Patil, Shankarrao Chavan, Sushilkumar Shinde and Prithviraj Chavan are among the leaders who were not members of any of the state legislature Houses when they occupied the top post.

  • 18:36 (IST)

    Raj Thackeray present at Shivaji Park for swearing-in

    Uddhav Thackeray's cousin Raj Thackeray had founded his party Maharashtra Navnirman Sena after breaking away from the party led by Balasaheb Thackeray.

    BJP's Devendra Fadnavis and Governor Bhagat Singh Koshiyari are present on the stage too.

  • 18:32 (IST)

    DMK chief MK Stalin is among the attendees of the swearing-in

    Former prime minister Manmohan Singh, who will not be attending the ceremony, wrote a letter to Uddhav Thackeray, calling his swearing-in as the chief minister "a historic event". He commended his "visionary leadership".

  • 18:24 (IST)

    Raj Thackeray arrives at Shivaji Park for cousin Uddhav Thackeray's swearing-in

    Ahmed Patel, Kapil Sibal, Prithviraj Chavan, KC Venugopal, Mallikarjun Kharge, Sushil Shinde, Ashok Chavan and Abhishek Manu Singhvi are among the Congress leaders present on the stage at Shivaji Park.

    NCP leader Praful Patel, DMK leader MK Stalin and Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Kamal Nath are present too.

  • 18:15 (IST)

    Ajit Pawar reaches Shivaji Park

    Shiv Sena leaders Sajnay Raut and Priyanka Chaturvedi are present at Shivaji Park too.

    Ajit Pawar had been administered oath on 23 November as deputy chief minister with Devednra Fadnavis as the chief minister. He, however, resigned on 27 November and returned to the NCP fold.

  • 18:05 (IST)

    Rahul Gandhi writes to Uddhav Thackeray, will not attend swearing-in

    Expressing regret about not being able to attend the swearing-in ceremony at Shivaji Park, he expressed confidence that the Aghadi alliance will be able to give Maharashtra a "stable, secure and pro-poor government".

  • 17:51 (IST)

    Sharad Pawar makes way to Shivaji Park

    NCP supremo Sharad Pawar left for Shivaji Park from his residence to attend Uddhav Thackeray's swearing-in ceremony. He is accompanied by Supriya Sule and Sadanand Sule. even though Ajit Pawar visited Sharad Pawar's residence, he did not leave for the oath-taking ceremony's venue with him.

    Meanwhile, Balasaheb Thorat and Eknath Shinde have arrived at Shivaji Park.

  • 17:45 (IST)

    First Cabinet meeting at 8 pm today

    After being sworn in at Shivaji Park, Chief Minister designate Uddhav Thackeray will hold the newly-formed Maharashtra government's first Cabinet meeting at the Sahyadri guest house at 8 pm.

  • 17:43 (IST)

    Jaya Bachchan congratulates Thackeray family

    Samajwadi Party MP in the Rajya Sabha Jaya Bachchan said that her family shares a deep bond with the Thackeray family. She expressed hope that the Aghadi alliance works towards the betterment of Maharashtra, provides relief to farmers and gives youth employment.

  • 17:40 (IST)

    Confident that Aghadi will implement CMP in letter and spirit, Sonia Gandhi writes to Uddhav Thackeray

    In a letter addressed to Chief Minister designate Uddhav Thackeray, interim Congress chief Sonia Gandhi said that she will not be attending the swearing in ceremony at Shivaji Park today.

    Stressing that the Shiv Sena, NCP, Congress have come together "under extraordinary circumstances, when country faces unprecedented threats from BJP", she added that the "political atmosphere is poisonous and the economy has collapsed".

    She expressed confidence that the Aghadi alliance will implement the common minimum programme in letter and spirit.

  • 17:12 (IST)

    Aghadi govt's first Cabinet meeting to be held today, says Jayant Patil

    At a press conference held by the Aghadi alliance partners, Shiv Sena's Eknath Shinde said apart from doing its best for the farmers, the "strong government" will take up the Nanar Refinery Project and bullet train project during the Cabinet meeting.

    NCP's Jayant Patil said that the first cabinet meeting will be held later today.

  • 17:09 (IST)

    Coordination committees to be constituted for coordination among Cabinet, alliance partners

    In the Common Minimum Programme, the government promises to eliminate social, educational and economic backwardness of the minority community.

    Food at Rs 10 for the state’s common people and severe punishment for violators of the food and drug regulations were promised.

    Two coordination committees will be constitutes – one for coordination within the Maharashtra Cabinet and the other for coordination among the alliance partners.

  • 16:56 (IST)

    Improving quality of roads, health insurance cover to all among goals of Common Minimum Programme

    The Common Minimum Programme also looks at improving the quality of roads in urban areas, with separate financial provision for the same in panchayat and municipal corporations and councils.

    One Rupee clinics at taluka level, super specialty hospitals in districts and health insurance cover to every citizen of Maharashtra were among the promises.

    The government will also look at attracting new industries and investors to Maharashtra, with special focus on information technology.

  • 16:50 (IST)

    Women’s safety to be government’s highest priority, says CMP

    The safety of women will be top priority, the Common Minimum Programme said.

    Additionally, girls from economically weaker sections will be given free education and working women’s hostels will be constructed. The government will also focus on strengthening women’s self-help groups with the aim to augment women’s empowerment.

  • 16:47 (IST)

    CMP promises job reservations for locals, better education

    The Common Minimum Programme assured the filling up of vacant state government posts, fellowship for educated unemployed youth and 80 percent reservation in jobs for local youths.

    Additionally, increasing the standard of education in the state and education loans at zero percent interest rate to children of labourers and students from economically weaker sections were promised.

  • 16:42 (IST)

    Remunerative prices for farm produce, sustainable water supply among CMP,s promises

    Committing to uphold secular values of the Constitution, the Common Minimum Programme of the Maha Vikas Aghadi, the alliance of NCP, Shiv Sena and Congress that is set to come to power in Maharashtra, mentioned immediate assistance and loan waivers to farmers in the Common Minimum Programme released at 4 pm.

    The programme also promised a revised crop insurance scheme, remunerative prices for farm produce and a sustainable water supply system for drought-affected areas.

  • 16:24 (IST)

    Nawab Malik, Eknath Shinde, Jayant Patil address press conference

    Sharad Pawar and other senior leaders held extensive discussions to arrive at the common minimum programme. "All aspects that will focus on development and growth of Maharashtra have been looked at," BJP's Eknath shinde said.

    Shinde added that Uddhav Thackeray was elected unanimously as the leader of Maha Vikas Aghadi.

  • 16:13 (IST)

    Farmers' issues, jobs top agendas on NCP, Congress, Shiv sena's common minimum programme

  • 15:43 (IST)

    Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav, Chhattisgarh CM Bhupesh Baghel to attend swearing-in ceremony

    Rahul Gandhi, Arvind Kejriwal, Mamata Banerjee, N Chandrababu Naidu, Amarinder Singh, Sonia Gandhi, Manomohan Singh will not be attending the ceremony at Shivaji Park, CNN-News18 reported.

  • 15:37 (IST)

    Balasaheb Thorat, Nitin Raut to be sworn in as ministers

    Sources told ANI that Congress leaders Balasaheb Thorat and Nitin Raut will take oath as Ministers today at Shivaji Park.

    Meanwhile, Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Kamal Nath reached Mumbai to attend Uddhav Thackeray, six ministers' swearing in at Shivaji Park.

Maharashtra CM Uddhav Thackeray Swearing-in LATEST Updates: The Shiv Sena chief was sworn in as the 18th chief minister of the state at Shivaji Park in Dadar today. Six ministers - Eknath Shinde, Subhash Desai, Jayant Patil, Chhagan Bhujbal, Balasaheb Thorat and Nitin raut were sworn in as Cabinet ministers. A Cabinet meeting will be held at 8 pm today at Sahyadri Guest House.

NCP leader Ajit Pawar reconfirmed that he would not take oath as a Maharashtra minister on Thursday. "I will not take oath today. Only Chhagan Bhujbal and Jayant Patil will take oath as ministers from the NCP," Ajit Pawar told reporters after a meeting of NCP leaders at party chief Sharad Pawar's residence in Mumbai.

Meanwhile, ministers appointed in the state cabinet will be announced in the coming days, says NCP leader Praful Patel. "A total six leaders, two from each party, will take oath today along with Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray," he further added.

The Bombay High Court has refused to take up urgent hearing on a petition filed by a group of lawyers seeking a stay on the swearing-in of Uddhav Thackeray as chief minister of Maharashtra on Thursday evening. The petitioners sought an urgent hearing of their plea, saying the Shiv Sena and BJP should have stood by their pre-poll alliance and formed the government.

However, two different benches of the high court refused to take up the petition for hearing. A division bench of Chief Justice Pradeep Nandrajog and Justice Bharati Dangre asked what was "unconstitutional and void" about the swearing-in ceremony of Thackeray. The petitioner's lawyer, Mathew Nedumpara, said there has been a breach of trust of the voters, who wanted the Sena and BJP to form government. To this, Chief Justice Nandrajog said, "Is the concept of divorce not new to the law of marriages."

According to CNN-News18, Congress leader Ashok Chavan's name has been withdrawn from the list of ministers who are expected to take oath later in the day today. This comes after the Enforcement directorate began its probe into the Adarsh Society scam. Chavan, former Maharashtra chief minister was acquittal in the Adarsh housing scam back in 2017. ​Chavan got relief after the Bombay High Court rejected then-governor Vidyasagar Rao's sanction to prosecute him.

The CBI had chargesheeted Chavan and 22 others in connection with the alleged irregularities committed in building the housing society. The agency had accused Chavan of approving additional floor space index for Adarsh Society in return for two flats for his relatives.

Congress leader Balasaheb Thorat, Shiv Sena's Eknath Shinde and NCP's Jayant Patil are to address a joint press conference at 4 pm, ahead of swearing-in ceremony of Shiv Sena chief and 'Maha Vikas Aghadi' leader Uddhav Thackeray, on Thursday, where the Common Minimum programme of the alliance is likely to be released.

Chairperson of the Maharashtra Navnirman Sena, Raj Thackeray will be attending his estranged cousin and Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thakceray's oath taking ceremony at Shivaji Park in Mumbai on Thursday, reports CNN-News18. The two had brothers had a fallout after Uddhav was chosen as the Sena Chief to succeed after Sena founder Balasaheb Thackeray. Raj split from the family's political party to form the Maharashtra Navnirman Sena in 2005. Earlier in the day, Uddhav had called Raj and invited him to the swearing-in.

According to India Today sources, the Shiv Sena-Congress-NCP alliance's Common Minimum Programme is expected to be released at 4 pm on Thursday, just hours before Uddhav Thackeray's swearing-in ceremony.

An editorial in Sena mouthpiece 'Saamana' acknowledged​ Sharad Pawar's efforts in taking the Sena-NCP-Congress alliance forward.  A strong and experienced 'margdarshak' like Sharad Pawar is with us. This government will not function with any deceitful intention against anyone," the Sena said.

With the single largest party BJP being unable to form government, the Sena described the change in political dynamics as the "rise of a new sun" in Maharashtra.

"The current mood of happiness in the state can be equated with the one the entire country had at the time of Independence on August 15, 1947," the Marathi daily said.

At least 2,000 police personnel will guard the Shivaji Park in Mumbai on Thursday evening as part of the elaborate security arrangements being made for the swearing-in ceremony of Shiv Sena president Uddhav Thackeray as chief minister of Maharashtra, a police official said. The iconic venue will turn into a virtual fortress as personnel drawn from various security forces, including Quick Response Teams, Riot Control Police, State Reserve Police Force, Local Armed Police and Bomb Detection and Disposal Squad will be deployed to prevent any untoward incident.

Dog squads will also be on duty to maintain a vigil at the sprawling ground, located in Dadar area, he said. Police personnel in civil clothes will also be deployed, the official said, adding that drones and CCTV cameras will be used to monitor the crowd.

With the stage set for Uddhav Thackeray's swearing-in ceremony, senior Sena leader tweeted the famous Bollywood movie dialogue "How is the Josh?" .Raut has been vocal against the former ally, BJP after the two parties sparred over the post of chief minister. He also said that the swearing-in of Uddhav Thackeray as Maharashtra chief minister will affect national politics."What is going to happen in Maharashtra will affect national politics. Maharashtra is a state which influences the politics of the entire country," Raut told media persons ahead of Thackeray's scheduled oath-taking ceremony.

NCP leaders Chhagan Bhujbal and​ Jayant Patil and Maharashtra Congress unit chief Balasaheb Thorat are likely to take oath as state ministers on Thursday, sources in the two parties said. The deputy chief minister's post may go to NCP MLA​ Ajit Pawar, they said. NCP leader Praful Patel on Wednesday said one or two​ MLAs each from his party, the Shiv Sena and the Congress will be sworn in as ministers at the ceremony. "Bhujbal and Patil are expected to be sworn in as ministers from the NCP. Ajit Dada is likely to be the deputy CM. But, he is unlikely to take oath today," a source in the​ NCP said.

"Thorat is also expected to take oath today," a Congress source said. Former Maharashtra chief minister Ashok Chavan could be the second leader from the Congress to be sworn in as minister on Thursday. "But, a decision on this will be taken in a few hours," the source said.

Names of Ashok Chavan and another former chief minister Prithviraj Chavan are doing the rounds for the post of Assembly Speaker.

According to ANI, NCP sources have claimed that party leader Ajit Pawar is likely to be the deputy chief minister of Maharashtra but will not be taking an oath in today's ceremony. Ahead of Uddhav Thackeray's swearing-in as Maharashtra chief minister on Thursday, the Maha Vikas Aghadi of the Nationalist Congress Party, Congress and Shiv Sena on Wednesday held a six-hour meeting in Mumbai to iron out the modalities of government formation.

Speaking to reporters after the meeting, NCP's Praful Patel said all issues had been sorted out and added that the deputy chief minister would be from the NCP, whereas the Assembly Speaker will be from the Congress. According to ANI, he also said that the number of ministers to be sworn in along with the chief minister will be finalised during the night. However, it is likely that one or two ministers from every party will be sworn in on Thursday, he added.

Shiv Sena leader Aaditya Thackeray on Wednesday night separately met Congress president Sonia Gandhi and former prime minister Manmohan Singh in New Delhi and invited them for Uddhav Thackeray's swearing-in as Maharashtra chief minister. But sources told NDTV that both Sonia and Rahul Gandhi along with Singh conveyed their good wishes but said they won't be able to travel for the swearing-in ceremony. Though Rahul has distanced himself from the Sena, he lashed out at the ruling BJP in parliament over the sudden government formation in Maharashtra and said: "There is no point in my asking the question as democracy has been murdered in Maharashtra."

Aaditya Thackeray had a brief meeting with Gandhi at her 10, Janpath residence in the national capital. The Congress tweeted a photo of the two leaders from its official Twitter handle.

Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray is all set to become the first from the Thackeray family to sit on the throne of Maharashtra's chief minister as he will be taking oath as chief minister at 6:40 pm at Mumbai's Shivaji Park on Thursday. Preparations are currently underway at Shivaji Park for the swearing-in ceremony which is slated to be later in the day. From witnessing Shiv Sena's first rally in 1966 to the cremation of its founder Bal Thackeray, from the swearing-in of its first chief minister Manohar Joshi in 1995 to Udhhav Thackeray now, the Shivaji Park ground in Dadar has been central to the saffron party's politics for over five decades.

Ahead of Uddhav Thackeray's swearing-in as Maharashtra chief minister on Thursday, the Maha Vikas Aghadi of the Nationalist Congress Party, Congress and Shiv Sena on Wednesday held a six-hour meeting in Mumbai to iron out the modalities of government formation.

Speaking to reporters after the meeting, NCP's Praful Patel said all issues had been sorted out and added that the deputy chief minister would be from the NCP, whereas the Assembly Speaker will be from the Congress. According to ANI, he also said that the number of ministers to be sworn in along with the chief minister will be finalised during the night. However, it is likely that one or two ministers from every party will be sworn in on Thursday, he added.

 Maharashtra CM Uddhav Thackeray Swearing-in Updates: After first Cabinet meet, chief minister announces govts decision to sanction Rs 20 crore for Raigad Forts reconstruction

Ajit Pawar at NCP meeting. ANI

Reports suggest that during the meeting attended by leaders from all three parties including Ahmed Patel, Mallikarjun Kharge, Dhananjay Munde and Sharad Pawar, the distribution of cabinet berths was also discussed. Besides the chief minister, the Shiv Sena would get 15 cabinet berths, while the Congress and NCP would each get 13 ministerial berths, reported ANI. However, no official confirmation has been received yet.

The meeting follows Pawar's parleys with Patel, Congress general secretary KC Venugopal and others at the his Mumbai residence earlier in the day. There is speculation that Ajit Pawar, who was present at the meeting, may be inducted in the new cabinet.

Speaking to reporters after leaving the meeting, Ajit, who took oath as a MLA from the NCP  said that his backing the short-lived BJP government was not a revolt and that he continued to be a member of the party. "I have been telling all that I was in the NCP, I am in NCP and will be in NCP," he said.

Even as Ajit returned to the party fold, Devendra Fadnavis said that he would comment on Ajit's resignation when the time was right.

Late on Wednesday evening, Uddhav Thackeray invited Prime Minister Narendra Modi to attend the swearing-in ceremony. Modi congratulated Uddhav, who is now set to be the chief minister.

Meanwhile, BJP chief Amit Shah lashed out at former ally Shiv Sena and reiterated that he never promised Shiv Sena the CM's post before elections. Hitting out at the Congress and NCP, he alleged that trading the chief ministers post for the support of a party with 56 seats constituted horse-trading.

"Isn't giving support in lieu of the chief minister's post greed? I tell Sharad ji and Sonia ji that they should try saying that the chief minister will be theirs and then take the support of Shiv Sena. The coalition with about 100 seats is giving the chief minister's post to the party with 56 seats, this is horse-trading," he said.

285 MLAs take oath

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. Legislature secretary Rajendra Bhagwat said a decision on the date for Speaker's election will be taken after the Cabinet meeting, following the swearing-in of Uddhav Thackeray as chief minister.

In a symbolic gesture, NCP MP Supriya Sule greeted her party MLAs  and relatives Ajit Pawar and Rohit Pawar at the Vidhan Bhavan's entrance. The newly-elected members could not take oath earlier even one month after the results of the Assembly polls were announced due to dramatic political developments in the state.

Supriya Sule with Ajit Pawar. PTI

Supriya Sule with Ajit Pawar. PTI

The state remained under President's rule for 13 days between 12 and 23 November after no political party was able to form a government. The Supreme Court on Tuesday asked Koshyari to appoint a pro tem speaker and ensure all elected members of the House are sworn in on Wednesday itself by 5 pm.

The BJP-led government, which was formed with the support of NCP leader Ajit Pawar on 23 November, collapsed on Tuesday afternoon, after Pawar stepped down as deputy chief minister and Devendra Fadnavis as chief minister.

Fadnavis' resignation came a day after the Sena-led alliance paraded 162 MLAs in an unprecedented show of strength at a luxury hotel on Monday night indicating that the numbers were stacked heavily against the BJP. The alliance, which is expected to have a Common Minimum Programme(CMP), was stitched after hectic parleys involving Uddhav Thackeray, Sharad Pawar and Congress interim president Sonia Gandhi.

Once being the only second chief minister in Maharashtra to complete the full five-year term, Fadnavis now holds the dubious distinction of being the chief minister with the shortest tenure of four days in the last 59 years.

The Maha Vikas Aghadi  has rallied behind Uddhav Thackeray, who is not a member of the state legislature. Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut claimed the BJP made "barbaric attempts" to retain power in Maharashtra but the state's people foiled it, marking the beginning of a change in the country's politics.

Exuding confidence, Raut said it will not be surprising if the Shiv Sena forms government at the Centre after having installed its chief minister (Uddhav Thackeray) in Maharashtra. Raut, who addressed the media regularly over the past one month as he took the BJP head-on, aggressively putting forth his party's side, also said that he would not be holding regular press briefings from Thursday and revert to his work pertaining to the Sena's mouthpiece 'Saamana'.The Rajya Sabha member is also the executive editor of Marathi daily 'Saamana'.

Senior Congress leaders including Ahmed Patel met Sharad Pawar at his Silver Oak residence in south Mumbai on Wednesday to discuss issues pertaining to Maharashtra's ministerial council and oath-taking ceremony. Following the day's meeting, invitations were extended to Sonia Gandhi, West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee, Aam Aadmi Party's  Arvind Kejriwal and DMK leader MK Stalin. Aaditya Thackeray, who took oath as the Worli MLA, reached 10 Janpath on Wednesday night to invite Sonia Gandhi for the swearing-in ceremony.

Uddhav Thackeray along with wife Rashmi met Koshyari at Raj Bhavan on Wednesday.

Meanwhile, the Bombay High Court on Wednesday raised security concerns over the swearing-in ceremony of Uddhav Thackeray as chief minister at Shivaji Park, and said holding such events at a public ground should not become a regular feature.

"We do not want to say anything about tomorrow's ceremony...we are only praying that nothing untoward happens," the court said while hearing a plea on whether the Shivaji Park was a playground or a recreation ground.

After Uddhav's swearing in, Maharashtra will have a chief minister from the  Sena after 20 years. Uddhav, 59, will be sworn in as the chief minister in an evening ceremony at the sprawling Shivaji Park, where his father and Sena founder Bal Thackeray addressed his famous Dussehra rallies.

The last Sena man to occupy the chief minister's chair was Narayan Rane in 1999, after Manohar Joshi, who in 1995 became the first Sena chief minister.

Thursday's swearing in ceremony follows days of dramatic political developments, which included a three-day government formed by unexpected support from Ajit , who has since returned to the NCP fold.

With inputs from agencies

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Updated Date: Nov 28, 2019 22:39:27 IST