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Maharashtra swearing-in HIGHLIGHTS: Farmers first; Uddhav sets priority after first cabinet meet

Maharashtra CM Uddhav Thackeray Oath Ceremony HIGHLIGHTS: Uddhav becomes the first in the Thackeray clan to be the chief minister of Maharashtra

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: November 28, 2019 11:35:33 pm
Maharashtra CM Oath Taking Ceremony Live News, Uddhav Thackeray Swearing-in Ceremony News, Maharashtra Government (Govt) Formation LIVE Latest News: Leaders of the Sena, Congress and NCP said attempts are on to put up a show of unity of non-BJP parties at Shivaji Park. All senior leaders of Congress, including Sonia Gandhi, Manmohan Singh, Rahul Gandhi, Congress CMs, have been invited. Shiv Sena, Congress, NCP party workers during the swearing-in ceremony at Shivaji Park. (Express photo by Prashant Nadkar)

Maharashtra CM Uddhav Thackeray Oath Ceremony HIGHLIGHTS: Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray Thursday assured the people of good governance in the state. “I want to help the farmers in a manner which will make them happy,” he said after chairing the first cabinet meeting of newly-sworn MLAs of the Congress-NCP-Shiv Sena combine.

Uddhav, 59, is the 19th chief minister of the state and third from the Shiv Sena. The youngest of Bal Thackeray’s three children, Uddhav was an unlikely candidate to helm the Shiv Sena. Though he has organizational experience, he has not held any official position so far and may face challenge from the stalwarts of the Congress and NCP in the government’s functioning.

Among those present at his oath-taking ceremony were DMK Chief MK Stalin, Madhya Pradesh CM Kamal Nath, Congress’ Ahmed Patel, Kapil Sibal and Abhishek Manu Singhvi, Mallikarjun Kharge, and MNS chief Raj Thackeray. Senior Congress leaders Manmohan Singh, Sonia Gandhi, and Rahul Gandhi, however, chose to skip the event.

Earlier in the day, the Sena-Congress-NCP combine released their Common Minimum Program, with attention to farmers’ crisis, unemployment, and health and industry sectors in the state. The preamble of the CMP assures that the three-party coalition commits to “uphold the secular values enshrined in the Constitution.”

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Uddhav Thackeray is the new chief minister of Maharashtra. Here are the HIGHLIGHTS.

Highlights

    22:41 (IST)28 Nov 2019
    First cabinet meet: 20 crore sanctioned for restoration of Raigad Fort

    In the first cabinet meeting held today, Uddhav Thackeray has sanctioned Rs 20 crore for restoration of Raigad Fort of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj. The Rs 606 crore project was sanctioned and work had started during Devendra Fadnavis government of BJP and Sena. Uddhav also reassured big decision to help farmers will be taken in next two days, adding that there is no ambience of fear or intimidation in governance.

    22:24 (IST)28 Nov 2019
    Farmers first: Uddhav sets priority after first cabinet meet

    Maharashtra CM Uddhav Thackeray chaired the first cabinet meeting today and assured relief for farmers. "I want to assure the people of the state that we will give a good government. I want to help the farmers in a manner which will make them happy." Uddhav said his government will announce big decision to give relief to Maharashtra farmers in two days. The Common Minimum Program of the Congress-NCP-Shiv Sena combine also promised immediate loan waiver to farmers. "This is govt for all people," he said on claims by former CM Fadnavis that Vidarbha, Marathwada regions were ignored by the new govt. 

    22:21 (IST)28 Nov 2019
    Maharashtra's favourite Tai: Priyanka Chaturvedi on Supriya Sule

    Shiv Sena leader Priyanka Chaturvedi shared pictures of the swearing-in ceremony of party chief Uddhav Thackeray as Maharashtra CM

    22:15 (IST)28 Nov 2019
    Thackeray heads `Maharashtra Vikas Aghadi' of Congress-NCP-Shiv Sena

    Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray held his first cabinet meeting at Sahyadri Guest House here after taking oath of office on Thursday evening.

    Shiv Sena ministers Eknath Shinde and Subhash Desai, Congress ministers Balasaheb Thorat and Nitin Raut and NCP ministers Chhagan Bhujbal and Jayant Patil were seen arriving at the venue of the meeting in south Mumbai. Thackeray heads the `Maharashtra Vikas Aghadi' of three parties.

    21:36 (IST)28 Nov 2019
    Cabinet meeting chaired by CM Uddhav Thackeray underway

    Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray chaired the first cabinet meeting of newly-sworn MLAs of the Congress-NCP-Shiv Sena combine, shortly after taking oath as chief minister of the state.

    21:25 (IST)28 Nov 2019
    Six former Maharashtra CMs attend Thackeray's swearing-in

    Shiv Sena president Uddhav Thackeray's swearing-in ceremony as Maharashtra chief minister saw six of his predecessors from the state gracing the event held at the Shivaji Park here on Thursday evening.

    NCP patriarch Sharad Pawar, Shiv Sena leader Manohar Joshi, Congress leaders Sushilkumar Shinde, Ashok Chavan and Prithviraj Chavan and BJP's Devendra Fadnavis are the six former CMs who headed the state at different times and were present at the mega event.

    Thackeray succeeded Fadnavis (2014-2019). Pawar has headed the state four times, while Ashok Chavan and Fadnavis became chief ministers twice. Joshi, Shinde, Prithviraj Chavan and Fadnavis held the post once. Interestingly, among all the six former CMs, only Fadnavis, the first BJP leader to hold the top post in the state, completed full five-year term.

    21:17 (IST)28 Nov 2019
    I, Udhav Babasaheb Thackeray...

    Maharashtra chief minister Uddhav Thackeray shared a video of him taking oath today. Watch here-

    21:14 (IST)28 Nov 2019
    Fadnavis congratulates Uddhav Thackeray

    Former Maharashtra chief minister Devendra Fadnavis, who attended the swearing-in ceremony of Uddhav Thackeray as the state's new CM, congratulated him 

    20:27 (IST)28 Nov 2019
    Newly-sworn MLAs arrive for first cabinet meeting chaired by CM Uddhav Thackeray

    MLAs from the Congress-NCP-Shiv Sena combine have arrived at the first cabinet meeting to be chaired by chief minister Uddhav Thackeray 

    20:25 (IST)28 Nov 2019
    NCP's Ajit Pawar congratulates Uddhav, 'under his leadership, state will develop as a whole'

    NCP leader Ajit Pawar, who had briefly supported the BJP, congratulated Shiv Sena's Uddhav Thackeray on taking oath as Maharashtra's chief minister today. "Under his leadership, the state will develop as a whole," he tweeted.

    20:07 (IST)28 Nov 2019
    Maharashtra CM Uddhav Thackeray, family offers prayers at Siddhivinayak Temple

    Maharashtra CM Uddhav Thackeray, along with his wife Rashmi & their son Aaditya Thackeray offer prayers at Siddhivinayak Temple.

    19:33 (IST)28 Nov 2019
    Is Rahul ashamed to attend Thackeray's swearing-in: BJP on Sena praising Godse in past

    The BJP sought to corner the Congress on Thursday over the Shiv Sena praising Mahatma Gandhi's assassin Nathuram Godse in the past and wondered if this was why Rahul Gandhi was "ashamed" to attend the swearing-in ceremony of the Maharashtra government.

    The Congress-NCP alliance in Maharashtra has joined hands with the Sena, a long-time Hindutva ally of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) before they split, and Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray was sworn-in as the chief minister on Thursday.

    "Stop being a hypocrite Rahul Gandhi. You are making someone with identical views Chief Minister of Maharashtra. Udhav Thackeray, Editor-In-Chief of Saamana, wrote that Godse was a Patriot. Is that why you are ashamed to attend swearing-in," BJP spokesperson G V L Narasimha Rao said in a tweet. (PTI)

    19:25 (IST)28 Nov 2019
    PM Modi congratulates Uddhav on taking oath as Maharashtra CM

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi congratulated Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray on taking oath as chief minister of Maharashtra. "I am confident he will work diligently for the bright future of Maharashtra," he said.

    19:21 (IST)28 Nov 2019
    Experienced hands Bhujbal, Thorat, Desai make it to cabinet

    Long stints in electoral politics and past experience in handling key government departments are the hallmarks of Congress-NCP-Shiv Sena legislators who took oath as ministers along with Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray at the Shivaji Park here on Thursday evening.

    Thackeray is heading a coalition government, the Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA), whose main constituents are the Sena, the Congress and the NCP.
    Chhagan Bhujbal, Jayant Patil (both from the NCP), Balasaheb Thorat and Nitin Raut (both from the Congress), Eknath Shinde and Subhash Desai (both from the Sena) took oath as ministers along with Thackeray.

    19:16 (IST)28 Nov 2019
    Oath-taking ceremony concludes; Uddhav to lead Congress-NCP-Sena govt in Maharashtra

    The oath-taking ceremony of Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray and others concludes.

    19:13 (IST)28 Nov 2019
    Uddhav Thackeray, 59, is the 19th chief minister of Maharashtra

    Uddhav, 59, is the 19th chief minister of the state and third from the Shiv Sena. He will lead the Congress-NCP-Shiv Sena alliance in the state, over a month after results of the Maharashtra Assembly elections were declared on October 24.

    19:08 (IST)28 Nov 2019
    Congress leaders Balasaheb Thorat and Nitin Raut take oath

    Congress leaders Balasaheb Thorat and Nitin Raut take oath as Ministers.

    19:00 (IST)28 Nov 2019
    NCP leader Chhagan Bhujbal takes oath

    Nationalist Congress Party leader Chhagan Chandrakant Bhujbal takes oath as minister.

    18:57 (IST)28 Nov 2019
    NCP leader Jayant Patil takes oath

    NCP leader Jayant Patil takes oath as minister in Mumbai.

    18:53 (IST)28 Nov 2019
    Shiv Sena leaders Eknath Shinde and Subhash Desai take oath as ministers.

    Shiv Sena leaders Eknath Shinde and Subhash Desai take oath as ministers.

    18:46 (IST)28 Nov 2019
    Uddhav Thackeray takes oath as Maharashtra's CM

    Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray took oath as the chief minister of Maharashtra. 

    18:42 (IST)28 Nov 2019
    Devendra Fadnavis on stage for Uddhav's swearing-in

    Former Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis has arrived at the swearing-in ceremony of Uddhav Thackeray and other MLAs from Congress, NCP and Shiv Sena. Uddhav will take oath as CM shortly

    18:38 (IST)28 Nov 2019
    NCP leaders Ajit Pawar, Praful Patel present

    Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) leaders Ajit Pawar, Chhagan Bhujbal and Praful Patel at the oath-taking ceremony of CM designate Uddhav Thackeray and other Maha Vikas Aghadi leaders.

    18:29 (IST)28 Nov 2019
    Manmohan Singh congratulates Uddhav on 'historic event'

    Former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in a letter to Uddhav Thackeray: "I am very happy to know that you are taking oath as the 19th Chief Minister of Maharashtra. It is a historic event and I commend you on your visionary leadership."

    18:25 (IST)28 Nov 2019
    MNS chief Raj Thackeray, DMK leader Stalin at Maharashtra swearing-in

    MNS chief Raj Thackeray, DMK leader MK Stalin, Congress leaders Kamal Nath, Kapil Sibal and Mallikarjun Kharge and NCP leader Praful Patel are among those present at the swearing-in ceremony of Uddhav Thackeray 

    18:21 (IST)28 Nov 2019
    Uddhav to become first in the Thackeray clan to become CM

    Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray will take oath as Maharashtra chief minister shortly at 6.40 pm. He will be the first in the Thackeray clan, and the third Sena leader to become chief minister of the state.

    18:02 (IST)28 Nov 2019
    Confident coalition will provide stable, secular, govt: Rahul Gandhi to Uddhav Thackeray

    Congress leader Rahul Gandhi, in a letter to Chief Minister-designate Uddhav Thackeray, says the people of Maharashtra have high expectations from the coalition. "I am confident it will provide them a stable, secular and pro-poor government," Gandhi says.

    17:24 (IST)28 Nov 2019
    No formal invitation to Mamata

    No formal invitation has been extended to West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee for the oath-taking ceremony of Uddhav Thackeray as chief minister of Maharashtra

    17:20 (IST)28 Nov 2019
    Sena's Subhash Desai to also take oath: Sources

    Apart from Uddhav and Shinde, Subhash Desai will also take oath as Minister, Sena sources told The Indian Express

    17:14 (IST)28 Nov 2019
    Share deep and old relations with Thackeray family: SP's Jaya Bachchan

    Jaya Bachchan, Samajwadi Party congratulated Uddhav Thackeray on his oath-taking ceremony as chief minister of Maharashtra today: "Thackeray family and we share a deep and old relationship. My heartiest congratulations to him on becoming Chief Minister. I sincerely hope he works towards the betterment of Maharashtra, provides relief to farmers and gives youth employment."

    17:12 (IST)28 Nov 2019
    Confident that Congress-NCP-Sena will uphold Constitution, value of democracy: Sonia

    In a letter to Congress MLA Balasaheb Thorat, party president Sonia Gandhi said she is confident that the Congress-NCP-Shiv Sena combine will "uphold Constitution, value of democracy" in Maharashtra. 

    17:07 (IST)28 Nov 2019
    Sonia Gandhi to skip Uddhav's swearing-in

    Congress president Sonia Gandhi said she is unable to attend the swearing-in ceremony in Maharashtra today. In a letter to Uddhav Thackeray, Gandhi said "Shiv Sena, NCP and Congress have come together under quite extraordinary circumstances, at a time when country faces unprecedented threats from BJP. I regret that I'll not be able to be present at the ceremony."

    16:59 (IST)28 Nov 2019
    List of ministers taking oath today

    Six MLAs, including Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray will take oath today. Thackeray will take the oath as the chief minister of Maharashtra, becoming the first in the Thackeray clan to do so. 

    Other ministers to be sworn-in today

    Shiv Sena: Uddhav Thackeray, Eknath Shinde
    NCP:  Jayant Patil, Chhagan Bhujbal
    Congress:  Balasaheb Thorat and Nitin Raut

    16:52 (IST)28 Nov 2019
    80% reservation for locals in jobs

    Eknath Shinde, Shiv Sena: There will be a compulsion and a law will be enacted to ensure 80 percent reservation for locals in existing and new companies.

    16:50 (IST)28 Nov 2019
    First cabinet meeting later today

    The first cabinet meeting of the new NCP-Congress-Shiv Sena government will be held at 8 pm today, after the oath-taking ceremony of Uddhav Thackeray as chief minister, and six other MLAs

    16:49 (IST)28 Nov 2019
    Free education for girls from weaker economic backgrounds: CMP

    The Sena-Congress-NCP's CMP also promises free education to girls from weaker economic backgrounds and the construction of hostels for working women to ensure safety. 

    16:43 (IST)28 Nov 2019
    Alliance to decide on bullet trains, Nanar Refinery Project in cabinet meetings

    Eknath Shinde, Shiv Sena said the 'Maha Vikas Aghadi' (NCP-Congress-Shiv Sena alliance) will take a decision on the Nanar Refinery Project and bullet train project in cabinet meeting. "In Maharashtra, farmers are facing problems. This government will do best for farmers. This will be a strong govt," he said. 

    16:36 (IST)28 Nov 2019
    Fadnavis to attend Uddhav's swearing-in

    Former Maharashtra CM Devendra Fadnavis and State BJP president Chandrakant Patil will attend the swearing in ceremony of Uddhav Thackeray as chief minister at Shivaji Park today evening

    16:33 (IST)28 Nov 2019
    Congress was keep on including 'secular' in CMP

    The Congress, sources had told The Indian Express, was keen that the word “secular” finds mention in the Common Minimum Programme and the suggestion had emerged as a sticking point. The Congress climbed down when it was decided the CMP will spell out that the new government will adhere to the Preamble of the Constitution.

    16:31 (IST)28 Nov 2019
    Sena-Congress-NCP CMP commits to uphold ‘secular values’

    The preamble of the Common Minimum Program of 'Maha Vikas Aghadi' (NCP-Congress-Shiv Sena alliance) in Maharashtra commits to "uphold the secular valuese enshrined in the Constitution." "On contentious issues... having repercussions on the secular fabric, the Shiv Sena, NCP, and Congress will take a joint view after holding consultations," it further said. 

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    On Wednesday, the entire top brass of the three parties including Uddhav Thackeray, NCP chief Sharad Pawar, Congress’s Ahmed Patel and Mallikarjun Kharge held discussions for over four hours on the allotment of cabinet portfolios, future appointments to state-run corporations and MLCs.

    In the House of 288 members, the BJP has 105, Shiv Sena (56), NCP (54), Congress (44). The remaining 29 represent smaller parties and independents.

    The youngest of Bal Thackeray’s three children, Uddhav was an unlikely candidate to helm the Shiv Sena. A backroom boy who was more interested in cameras and the latest tech gizmos, he found himself thrown into the rough and tumble of the state’s politics by his father who believed that only he could carry forward his political legacy

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