Devendra Fadnavis to be Maharashtra chief minister, but uncertainty looms over majority test

Written by PTI | Mumbai | Updated: Oct 29 2014, 18:35pm hrs
Ending days of suspense, Devendra Fadnavis was on Tuesday elected the BJPs legislature party leader in the Maharashtra Assembly.

He will be sworn in as the first Maharashtra chief minister of the BJP on Friday, propped by the NCP from outside. The 44-year-old fourth-term MLA from Nagpur South West seat, with RSS roots and strong backing of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP chief Amit Shah, will be only the second Brahmin chief minister of the state after estranged ally Shiv Senas Manohar Joshi. Surmounting competition from several members of the state BJPs core committee, who were vying for the post but were neutralised by the partys central leadership, Fadnavis was declared the leader of the legislature party by Union home minister Rajnath Singh. We gave the governor a letter seeking opportunity for BJP to form government. The governor has asked us to prove majority in 15 days after the swearing in on October 31, Fadnavis said after meeting governor C Vidyasagar Rao. PTI