"Those who were jumping (with excitement) before poll results had to fall flat. The results have made us stronger and more stable," said Mr Fadnavis, in an apparent jibe at those who predicted a Congress victory, as well as at the BJP's disgruntled ally Shiv Sena.
Speaking to reporters on the sidelines of ongoing winter session of Maharashtra legislature, Mr Fadnavis said the results showed that voters didn't trust the opposition.
"We may have won fewer seats than last time, but we have got almost 50 per cent of the votes. It clearly shows that people stood strongly with us. Even in Maharashtra, people are voting for us and for (Shiv) Sena at some places. They don't want the Congress and NCP," he said.
Mr Fadnavis also sought to dismiss the notion that the BJP doesn't enjoy much support in rural areas.
"There is nothing called rural distress. Even in Maharashtra, the opposition-organised farmers' rally was much smaller than our (BJP-organised) farmers' rally of 2013," he said.
Mr Rane, a former Sena leader, is a fierce critic of the Thackeray family, and the Sena is reportedly opposed to his inclusion in the cabinet.
On a planned oil refinery in Konkan region, which is facing a stiff opposition from locals as well as the Shiv Sena, Mr Fadnavis said some "commercial NGOs" coming from as far as Chennai were behind this opposition.
"Chembur (in Mumbai) has a refinery for years. Did anyone die there? These claims (about adverse effects on environment) are made due to the lack of knowledge," he said. "These days even an agitation has become a business. Why these commercial NGOs are making noise in the areas with which they have no association?" he asked, claiming the project may generate one lakh jobs and would probably be the biggest green oil refinery in the world.