Fadnavis sworn in; Uddhav sneaks in
Fadnavis sworn in; Uddhav sneaks in, All eyes were on Modi and Uddhav, who shook hands and exchanged pleasantries.
- Shiv Sena chief makes a last-minute appearance
- Raises possibility of a re-union between the two
Mumbai: Devendra Fadnavis was sworn in as Chief Minister of the first BJP government in Maharashtra at a grand ceremony where Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray made a last-minute appearance, raising the possibility of a rapprochement between the saffron parties. Seven Cabinet Ministers and two Ministers of State also took oath.
All eyes were on Modi and Uddhav, who shook hands and exchanged pleasantries.
44-year-old Fadnavis, a fourth time MLA and the second Brahmin to occupy the top post in the state, was administered the oath of office and secrecy by Governor C Vidyasagar Rao at the Wankhede Stadium in the presence of PM Narendra Modi, BJP President Amit Shah, several Union ministers and veterans L K Advani and MM Joshi among others.
CMs of BJP-ruled states including Vasundhara Raje (Raj), Anandiben Patel (Guj), Manohar Parrikar (Goa), Raman Singh (C’garh) and Manohar Lal Khattar (Har) and those governed by allies including Chandrababu Naidu (Andhra Pradesh) and Parkash Singh Badal (Punjab) also attended the event.
Top industrialists along with other eminent personalities, including from Bollywood, and Fadnavis' banker wife Amruta were present at the packed venue.