Eknath Shinde today took oath as Maharashtra Chief Minister.
Shiv Sena leader Eknath Shinde today took oath as the Mahrashtra Chief Minister at the Raj Bhawan. BJP's Devendra Fadnavis took oath as the Deputy Chief Minister just hours after he renounced any position in the Maharashtra government. Earlier today, Mr Fadnavis sprung a surprise when he announced that Eknath Shinde will be the next chief minister. His announcement defied expectations that he would return to the post with the support of the rebel faction.
The BJP claims they have support of over 170 MLAs to form the new government.
Uddhav Thackeray resigned as the Chief Minister on Wednesday, minutes after the Supreme Court ruled that he must prove today that his government still has a majority.
Here are the Highlights on the Maharashtra Crisis:
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Eknath Shinde chairs first cabinet meeting as Maharashtra Chief Minister
A two-day special session of the Maharashtra legislature will be held from July 2. The decision was taken in the first cabinet meeting held after Eknath Shinde took over as the new chief minister of the state, officials said.
How BJP Gains From Making Eknath Shinde The Chief Minister
As Shiv Sena rebel Eknath Shinde and the BJP's Devendra Fadnavis announced plans for the next Maharashtra government this evening, there was a big surprise. Eknath Shinde would be the new Maharashtra Chief Minister, said Devendra Fadnavis, a two-time Chief Minister. By naming Mr Shinde, an auto driver-turned-minister, for the top post, the BJP has tackled criticism that it is power-hungry. Read full-story here
BJP has 'unethically' toppled another government, says Congress
The Congress on Thursday accused the BJP government of capturing power "unethically" by use of money and muscle power, and condemned it for destablising democratically elected governments.
Maharashtra crisis: Rebel Sena MLA on why they switched sides
Deepak Kesarkar, the spokesperson for the Sena rebels, stressed that it was ideology, and not greed for better posts, that drove them to switch sides and go with the BJP.
PM Modi congratulates Eknath Shinde, Devendra Fadnavis
Prime Minister Narendra Modi congratulated Eknath Shinde and Devendra Fadnavis after the two took oath as Maharashtra Chief Minister and Deputy Chief Minister respectively.
"Congratulations to Shri Devendra Fadnavis Ji on taking oath as Maharashtra Deputy CM. He is an inspiration for every BJP Karyakarta. His experience and expertise will be an asset for the Government. I am certain he will further strengthen Maharashtra's growth trajectory," PM Modi said in a tweet.
Sena rebels will 'regret' their decision to part ways, but are free to ally with BJP: Sanjay Raut
Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut today said rebel MLAs have chosen their own way and there would be no hindrance from the party in the path of the dissidents associating themselves with the BJP as he once again targeted the breakaway group whose revolt last week brought down the Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) government.
Eknath Shinde takes oath as the Chief Minister of Maharashtra
Maharashtra crisis: Eknath Shinde arrives at Raj Bhawan
Sena leader Eknath Shinde and BJP's Devendra Fadnavis have arrived at the Raj Bhawan. The swearing-in ceremony will begin at 7.30 pm.
Eknath Shinde to be sworn in shortly
Shiv Sena rebel Eknath Shinde will shortly take oath as the Maharashtra Chief Minister. Devendra Fadnavis will be the Deputy Chief Minister in the new cabinet.
Maharashtra crisis: BJP appeals to Devendra Fadnavis to become Deputy CM
"BJP's central leadership has decided that Devendra Fadnavis should become a part of the government. So, made a personal request to him and Central leadership has said that Devendra Fadnvais should take charge as Deputy CM of Maharashtra," BJP national president JP Nadda.
Maharashtra crisis: Eknath Shinde thanks PM Modi
Eknath Shinde thanked PM Modi, Mr Fadnavis and other BJP leaders. "It's their magnanimity. They had a bigger mandate, yet they made me the Chief Minister. Who does that?" he said.
Eknath Shinde Says Committed To Balasaheb's Hindutva
The decision that we have taken is committed to Balasaheb's Hindutva and for the development work in the constituencies of our MLAs. We have 50 MLAs with us, Maharashtra CM designate Eknath Shinde told the media
Devendra Fadnavis says will stay out of the government
After the swearing-in ceremony today, we will have a cabinet expansion and Shiv Sena and BJP leaders will take the oath. I will stay out of the government, BJP leader Devendra Fadnavis said today.
Eknath Shinde To Be Chief Minister, Swearing In Today
Eknath Shinde will take oath as the Maharashtra chief minister later today, BJP's Devendra Fadnavis announced in a press conference today.
Devendra Fadnavis reaches Raj Bhavan
BJP leader Devendra Fadnavis and Eknath Shinde have reached the Raj Bhawan to stake claim to form the government
"Monster ambition" among those who betrayed us: Aaditya Thackeray to NDTV
Shiv Sena MLA Aaditya Thackeray has accused rebel MLAs led by Eknath Shinde of "betraying" their own party, a day after Uddhav Thackeray resigned as Chief Minister of Maharashtra.
"Uddhav Thackeray was betrayed by his own people," Aaditya Thackeray told NDTV today.
Maharashtra Politics: Chief Minister Betrayed By His Own, Says Aaditya Thackeray
Uddhav Thackeray was "betrayed by his own people", his son and senior party leader Aaditya Thackeray told NDTV in an exclusive interview today. "Everyone can see that they have done what they have done only for their higher ambitions," he said.
Mr Thackeray's comments came as the BJP prepares to stake a claim to Government.
Ideology, not portfolios, claims Sena rebel leader
Eknath Shinde camp stressed that it's ideology, and not expectations of plum postings with cabinet portfolios, that led them to break off from the Thackerays and go with BJP. "All speculations of portfolios are baseless. No decision has been taken on dividing portfolios," rebel faction MLA Deepak Kesarkar said.
Meeting of the Maharashtra Congress to decide its future course in the state ends; as per sources, NCP will get the Leader of Opposition post.
Maharashtra Politics: What alliance partner Congress said on Uddhav Thackeray resignation
Maharashtra Congress leader Balasaheb Thorat said that the Congress was ready for trust vote today. "I feel that he (Uddhav Thackeray) should've faced trust vote but he gave his farewell speech at the end of Cabinet meeting itself. Uddhav Thackeray is a sensitive person with simple nature. He did not like a few things, so he resigned," he said.
Maharashtra political crisis: Eknath Shinde camp holds "legislature party" meeting
A day after Uddhav Thackeray stepped down from the Maharashtra Chief Minister's post, Shiv Sena rebel Eknath Shinde met all rebel MLAs today at 10 am in what they are calling a legislature party meeting. (Click here
Maharashtra Crisis: BJP Claims Support Of 170 MLAs
The BJP has said it won't yet claim to form a new government, sources say. However, BJP leader Girish Mahajan has claimed that they have the support of over 170 MLAs and will form the government in the next three days.
Maharashtra Political Crisis: Eknath Shinde may also meet Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari today or tomorrow, sources told NDTV.
Rebel leader Eknath Shinde has called a meeting with his supporters at 10 am to discuss the future strategy, sources told NDTV.
Written order of the cancellation of the Maharashtra Special Assembly session today.
Uddhav Thackeray announced his resignation as Maharashtra Chief Minister and his MLC post, yesterday.
BJP's Devendra Fadnavis likely to stake claim to form government: Sources
Devendra Fadnavis is likely to stake claim to form government, sources said. Rebel leader Eknath Shinde, whose move to walk out with a chunk of MLAs set off the downward spiral for the alliance government led by the Shiv Sena, is likely to be his deputy.
"What I did during my tenure was for Marathi people and Hindutva": Uddhav Thackeray
In a televised address shortly after 9.30 pm, Uddhav Thackeray said he was hurt by the rebellion in his party and announced that he has also decided to quit as a member of the state Legislative Council.
"What I did during my tenure was for Marathi people and Hindutva. There were riots across the country, but Maharashtra was an exception. I would also like to thank my Muslim brethren," Mr Thackeray said.
"People who were bestowed with positions by the Shiv Sena are now claiming to be angry with the party. Those who have been given so much are angry today. The common Sainiks who have received nothing stand solidly behind the party," he said.
Uddhav Thackeray resigned minutes after Supreme Court ruling
Uddhav Thackeray resigned as Maharashtra chief minister, minutes after Supreme Court refused to stay Governor B S Koshyari's direction to his government to take a floor test in the Assembly.
Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray resigned on Wednesday, minutes after the Supreme Court ruled that he must prove today that his government still has a majority.