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Devendra Fadnavis expands ministry, Sena joins Cabinet

The two parties agreed to extend their partnership to jointly fighting polls to local bodies.

Maharashtra CM Devendra Fadnavis and Shiv Sena Party Chief Uddhav Thackray interact with Chandrakant Patil at the swearing-in ceremony. (Source: Express phoot by Pradeep Kochrekar)

Cabinet ministers who took the oath were Girish Bapat (BJP), Girish Mahajan (BJP), Diwakar Raote (Shiv Sena), Subhash Desai (SS), Ramdas Kadam (SS), Eknath Shinde (SS), Chandrashekhar Bawankule (BJP), Babanrao Lonikar (BJP), Dr Deepak Sawant (SS) and Rajkumar Badole (BJP). (Source: Express photo)

The last time BJP and Sena were in power was during 1995-99 when it was the Sena which was in the role of 'big brother' and had the Chief Minister's post while BJP had Deputy Chief Minister's. (Source: Express photo)

Sena president Uddhav Thackeray's family members were present at the swearing-in ceremony to witness Uddhav's partymen, who were wearing saffron phetas (turbans), being sworn in. (Source: Express photo)

Uddhav Thackray's wife Rashmi with Pankaja Palwe Munde at the swearing-in ceremony held at Vidhan Bhavan on Friday. (Source: Express photo by Pradeep Kochrekar)

Maharashtra CM Devendra Fadnavis and Uddhav Thackray at the swearing-in ceremony held at Vidhan Bhavan on Friday. (Source: Express phoot by Pradeep Kochrekar)

Sena's joining the BJP government now is unique, because this is the first time a party sitting in the opposition -- albeit for a short duration -- is switching the sides. (Source: Express photo)