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Maharashtra political crisis Highlights | First Shinde cabinet decision: Metro-3 car shed to be built inside Aarey forest

Maharashtra political crisis Highlights : After taking the oath as the Chief Minister of Maharashtra, Shinde vowed to give an "effective and strong" government.

Governor Bhagat Singh Koshari administering the oath of office to Shiv Sena's Eknath Shinde and Deputy Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis at the Rajya Bhavan. (Express photo by Narendra Vaskar)

Maharashtra political crisis Highlights : Prime Minister Narendra Modi Thursday congratulated Eknath Shinde and Devendra Fadnavis on being sworn in as the Chief Minister and Deputy CM of Maharashtra, respectively. Fadnavis and Shinde earlier met Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari at Raj Bhawan where they staked claim for government formation in Maharashtra.

After taking the oath as the Chief Minister of Maharashtra, Shinde vowed to give an “effective and strong” government. A two-day special session of the Maharashtra legislature will be held from July 2. The decision was taken in the first cabinet meeting after Eknath Shinde took over as the new chief minister of the state, officials said. On the first day, election to the post of Assembly speaker will be held, they added, news agency PTI reported.

Earlier, addressing a press conference after meeting the Governor, Fadnavis said the Shiv Sena, by joining hands with the Congress and the NCP in 2019 to overthrow BJP, had insulted the public mandate. He further claimed rampant  corruption during the rule of the Maha Vikas Aghadi government while quoting two NCP leaders accused of corruption. At the press briefing, Eknath Shinde said the BJP, with 106 MLAs and independents, has the support of 120 MLAs and added that if the party wished it could have kept the CM post with itself. “I express my deep gratitude to PM Narendra Modi, Union Home Minister Amit Shah and Devendra Fadnavis,” he said.

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01:42 (IST)01 Jul 2022
CM Eknath Shinde reaches Goa to meet rebel MLAs, says 'colleagues who supported me are most imp'

Maharashtra Chief Minister Eknath Shinde arrived at the Dabolim airport in South Goa a little after 1 am on Friday. He told reporters outside the airport, "My colleagues (rebel MLAs), all 50 of them - 40 plus 10 - they placed their faith in me. That's why Maharashtra has seen a day like this. They are most important and that is why after taking oath (as CM) I have come to meet them. It is because of them that one of Balasaheb's Shiv Sainiks has become the Chief Minister today." 

Shinde said that he would work on meeting "the expectations of the people of Maharashtra, the development agenda, securing justice for every person, Balasaheb's position on Hindutva and the teachings of Anand Dighesaheb are the things we will take forward". 
He said he would discuss their further strategy with the rebel MLAs lodged at the Taj Resort and Convention centre, where he was headed to meet the rebel MLAs backing him.

00:15 (IST)01 Jul 2022
CM Eknath Shinde expected to reach Goa to meet rebel MLAs

Maharashtra CM Eknath Shinde expected to arrive in Goa at about 1 am. Will meet the other rebel MLAs who stayed back at the hotel in Dona Paula. MLAs are waiting to welcome Shinde at the hotel.

23:22 (IST)30 Jun 2022
First Shinde cabinet decision: Metro-3 carshed to be built inside Aarey forest

Reversing a key decision of the Uddhav Thackeray government, the Eknath Shinde government has decided that the carshed of Metro 3 will be built inside Aarey forest. 

The metro – 3 is a flagship project of Mumbai Metro Rail Corporation and will connect Navy Nagar with SEEPZ.

Several environmentalists in Mumbai had opposed this at Aarey as they considered Aarey as an extension of Sanjay Gandhi National Park and a habitat for leopards and other fauna. 

The Uddhav Thackeray government had declared 804 acres of Aarey as reserve forest and had sought land for carshed at Kanjur Marg where other metros were to culminate. Among its first decisions, the MVA government in 2019 had taken the decision to shift the carshed to Kanjurmarg from Aarey.

22:57 (IST)30 Jun 2022
Eknath Shinde’s village, Dera, sees hopes of development after son of soil becomes CM

With their wish of seeing Shiv Sena legislator Eknath Shinde becoming the chief minister coming true, residents of Shinde’s native village Dare in Satara district, along with all the 104 villages along the Koyna river, are celebrating with a hope that their long-pending demands of proper roads, hospitals and schools will finally be met.

Dare, which has only about 30 houses, is situated on the banks of the Koyna river in a remote, backward belt, about 70 km from the hill town Mahableshwar, on the foothills of the Sahyadri Hills. The village is skirted by the forest reserve on one side and Koyna on the other. Most of its houses are locked as their inhabitants are migrant labourers who work in Mumbai and Pune in the absence of any regular source of income in the village.

“We have just received the news of Eknath Shinde becoming the chief minister of the state. The villagers are very happy and are hopeful of seeing development in the village,” said Laxman Shinde, sarpanch of Dare village. Read More

22:50 (IST)30 Jun 2022
Fadnavis didn't seem happy accepting Dy CM's post but followed orders: Sharad Pawar

NCP chief Sharad Pawar on Thursday claimed that BJP leader Devendra Fadnavis did not appear to be happy while accepting the deputy chief minister's post in Eknath Shinde's government.

"I think Fadnavis has not accepted the number two position happily. His facial expression said it all," Pawar told reporters in Pune. "(But) He is from Nagpur and he has worked as a `swayamsevak' (with the RSS) and there, when an order comes, it has to be followed," the NCP chief said, adding that Fadnavis might have accepted a junior position due to this`sanskar' (values).

He also spoke about the alleged misuse of central agencies under the BJP government, claiming that he received letters from the Income Tax department regarding his election affidavits in 2004, 2009 and 2014. (PTI)

22:29 (IST)30 Jun 2022
Minutes before his swearing-in as CM: Eknath Shinde’s new Facebook picture

Minutes before taking over as the new chief minister of Maharashtra, rebel Shiv Sena leader Eknath Shinde posted a new profile picture on Facebook – one with Sena pramukh Balasaheb Thackeray.

The post, with no caption, is indicative of what Shinde’s faction ‘Shiv Sena Balasaheb’ has been alleging over the past few weeks — that they are the true followers of Balasaheb’s ideology of Hindutva.

“We are Balasaheb’s staunch Shiv Sainiks… Balasaheb has taught us Hindutva. We have never and will never cheat for power with Balasaheb’s thoughts and Dharmaveer Anand Dighe Saheb’s teachings,” Shinde had earlier said. Read More

22:19 (IST)30 Jun 2022
Another state ‘undemocratically’ captured by BJP: Cong as Maharashtra gets new govt

As days of political unrest in Maharashtra culminated in the formation of a new government led by rebel Shiv Sena leader Eknath Shinde, the Congress Thursday accused the BJP of “undemocratically and unethically capturing another state through the display of money and muscle power.”

The Congress was an alliance partner along with the NCP in the Uddhav Thackeray-led Maha Vikas Aghadi government in the state.

Terming the Maharashtra episode “shameful for Indian democracy”, Congress leader Jairam Ramesh said: “Under the Modi-Shah duo, the BJP wants to capture power at any cost, either directly or through remote control.” Read More

21:51 (IST)30 Jun 2022
Uddhav congratulates Shinde, Fadnavis on becoming CM, Dy CM

Uddhav Thackeray extends best wishes to Maharashtra CM Eknath Shinde and Dy CM Devendra Fadnavis.

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20:48 (IST)30 Jun 2022
‘Betrayed by our own, Congress, NCP stood with us in tough times’: Aaditya Thackeray

“My father is not hungry for power, he walked out of Varsha (the CM house) the moment the banner of rebellion was raised. He is dignified, graceful, clean and loyal to his words,” Yuva Sena president Aaditya Thackeray Thursday said in an interview to a TV channel.

Speaking to NDTV, Aaditya added: “We did have an idea about a couple of people’s ambitions and they were also offered the posts they wanted, just a month before this drama started.” Read More

20:08 (IST)30 Jun 2022
PM Modi congratulates Fadnavis on being sworn in as Maharashtra's Deputy CM

Prime Minister Narendra Modi Thursday congratulated BJP leader Devendra Fadnavis on being sworn in as the Deputy Chief Minister of Maharashtra.

20:01 (IST)30 Jun 2022
PM Modi congratulates Eknath Shinde on being sworn in as Maharashtra CM

Prime Minister Narendra Modi congratulates Eknath Shinde on being sworn in as the Chief Minister of Maharashtra.

19:58 (IST)30 Jun 2022
Devendra Fadnavis sworn in as Deputy CM of Maharashtra

BJP leader Devendra Fadnavis takes oath as the Deputy Chief Minister of Maharashtra.

19:57 (IST)30 Jun 2022
Eknath Shinde sworn in as Maharashtra CM

Eknath Shinde takes oath as the Chief Minister of Maharashtra

19:28 (IST)30 Jun 2022
Devendra Fadnavis to join Maharashtra govt led by Shinde: Amit Shah

Devendra Fadnavis has decided to join the Maharashtra government on the request of BJP chief JP Nadda, Union Home Minister Amit Shah said in a tweet on Thursday.

19:26 (IST)30 Jun 2022
Watch | Eknath Shinde arrives at Raj Bhawan, to take oath as CM shortly

Maharashtra CM-designate Eknath Shinde arrives at Raj Bhawan for the swearing-in ceremony.

19:23 (IST)30 Jun 2022
Sena rebels will 'regret' their decision to part ways, but are free to ally with BJP: Raut

Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut on Thursday 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.

He also tweeted an image of a man in a white kurta pyjama, who is presumably dressed like Uddhav Thackeray, with blood oozing from a wound on his back. “This is exactly what happened,” Raut tweeted, alluding to the dissidents who switched sides. (PTI)

19:04 (IST)30 Jun 2022
Nadda says BJP leadership wants Fadnavis to be Deputy CM of Maharashtra

BJP president J P Nadda has said that the central leadership has directed Devendra Fadnavis to be a part of the Eknath Shinde-led government as the deputy chief minister of Maharashtra.

Nadda's directive comes in the backdrop of Fadnavis stating earlier in the day that he will not be a part of the Eknath Shinde cabinet and that he would monitor the government and facilitate its smooth functioning.

18:35 (IST)30 Jun 2022
Maharashtra swearing-in: Story of fall and rise

There is a sense of déjà vu about the developments in Maharashtra. In state after state, it’s the same script. In Madhya Pradesh and Karnataka, we saw the removal of non-BJP governments due to defections and splits. In Maharashtra, this happened to the Shiv Sena instead of the Congress but the script was more or less the same. India’s parliamentary democracy has seen it all — defections, splits, controversies surrounding the role of presiding officers, judicial interventions and even videography of proceedings of the House. Right from the beginning of the current crisis, however, it was clear that Uddhav Thackeray had lost the majority and this had happened because of the desertion of his own party’s MLAs.

Two institutional issues have emerged from the political developments that unfolded in Maharashtra over the past week or so. One is about the appropriateness of judicial intervention and the other has to do with the inadequacy of the anti-defection law. Both need to be separately debated. But even as we mull over the institutional aspects, there are three broader factors which are politically central and have resonance beyond state politics. Suhas Palshikar writes

18:34 (IST)30 Jun 2022
Newsmaker | Eknath Shinde: No. 2 after the Thackerays, backer of BJP, MVA’s ‘weakest link’ deals it final blow

From working in a beer brewery in Thane and driving an autorickshaw to make ends meet, to becoming the most powerful leader in the Shiv Sena after the Thackerays, to splitting the party and becoming Chief Minister, Eknath Shinde, 58, has had an eventful career.

In this crisis, two other qualities helped Shinde prevail: the fact that he has the loyalty of many party MLAs for being an accessible leader – especially when appointment at Matoshree got tough – and being generous with economic largesse.

The Shinde family originally belongs to Satara district and moved to Thane in the ’70s when Shinde was just a child. His start was with odd jobs, at places such as a beer brewery and fishery, apart from his stint as an autorickshaw driver, before he began his association with the Shiv Sena in the ’80s. Read More

16:50 (IST)30 Jun 2022
BJP will support Eknath Shinde faction: Fadnavis

Fadnavis further said the BJP will support Eknath Shinde faction and take responsibilities for the smooth functioning of the government. "We will take ahead Narendra Modi's vision of development."

Former Maharashtra CM and BJP leader Devendra Fadnavis being fed sweets by Maharashtra BJP President Chandrakant Patil during a party meeting, at Taj President Hotel in Mumbai. (PTI)

As workers celebrate, BJP meets to decide on action plan

While BJP leaders and workers broke out into celebration after Thackeray resigned, top leaders of the party huddled into a meeting at a five-star hotel in south Mumbai to strategise their next move.

A source said that top BJP leaders from Maharashtra will hold a meeting on Thursday to finalise their next course of action. He added that BJP will stake claim for the formation of the new government under the leadership of Devendra Fadnavis, backed the Eknath Shinde faction of the Shiv Sena, which comprises 39 rebel MLAs, and Independents.

Calling for restraint in celebration, BJP state president Chandrakant Patil said, “BJP workers must not celebrate Uddhavji’s resignation, they should celebrate when Devendra Fadnavis becomes the CM.”

Uddhav Thackeray: The reluctant politician who in the end hung on to chair too long

At 62, this is the worst crisis Uddhav Thackeray has faced in his short political life, emerging from the overarching shadow of father Bal Thackeray. Not only has he lost chief ministership after taking a gamble with an unlikely coalition, he is facing the prospect of losing control of a party founded by Balasaheb and deriving sustenance from the Thackeray name.

In hindsight, it seems Uddhav sowed the seeds right at the beginning when, on November 28, 2019, he took over as Chief Minister. He thus became the first Thackeray to hold a public office, with Balasaheb choosing to let a Sainik be CM while he held full control over the party.

Amidst celebrations and showering of rose petals, his well-wishers had cautioned Uddhav at the time about the “power play” that would ensue and the “administrative” challenges of leading an unlikely coalition, including old rivals the NCP and Congress.

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First published on: 27-06-2022 at 07:34:46 am
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