Only time will tell if people accept replacing Balasaheb’s son with Shinde as CM, says Uddhav Thackeray

Maharashtra Government Formation Live Updates, Eknath Shinde Oath Taking Ceremony Live News: After Devendra Fadnavis said that he will stay out of the government, the BJP central leadership had directed Fadnavis to become the Deputy CM.

Only time will tell if people accept replacing Balasaheb’s son with Shinde as CM, says Uddhav Thackeray
Maharashtra's new Chief Minister Eknath Shinde. (ANI)

Maharashtra Government Formation HIGHLIGHTS: Rebel Shiv Sena MLA Eknath Shinde on Thursday took oath as Maharashtra’s Chief Minister while BJP’s Devendra Fadnavis was sworn-in as the Deputy Chief Minister. In his first cabinet meeting, CM Eknath Shinde decided to overturn Uddhav Thackeray government’s crucial decision of stopping metro carshed construction inside the Aarey forest. Reacting to this, Thackeray, in his first public appearance since stepping down, requested the Shinde government with “folded hands” not to endanger the lives of wild animals. After chairing the first cabinet meet, Shinde left for Goa to meet with the rest of his rebel camp. He was greeted by Goa Chief Minister Pramod Sawant. Earlier, Shinde, after being named CM-designate, said that he would always be grateful for the support he received from all the rebel legislators and will never let them down.

After Devendra Fadnavis and Eknath Shinde staked claim to form the government at the Raj Bhavan, former Maharashtra Chief Minister Fadnavis declared that Shinde will be the new CM and he will be staying out of the government. However, in a dramatic turn of events, BJP’s central leadership has requested Devendra Fadnavis to be a part of the new government, and take the role of Deputy Chief Minister, announced BJP National President JP Nadda. Moments later, Union Home Minister Amit Shah announced that Fadnavis has accepted JP Nadda’s proposal and will join the Maharashtra government.

Earlier, Fadnavis said that BJP will be extending full support to the Eknath Shinde government as the newly-formed cabinet will have members from both BJP and Shinde’s Shiv Sena camp. In a joint-press conference, Fadnavis attacked the Shiv Sena for insulting the mandate given by the people back in 2019 and forming a post-poll alliance with “those who are against Hindutva & Savarkar.”

Live Updates
16:18 (IST) 30 Jun 2022
Devendra Fadnavis to take oath today

Both Eknath Shinde and Devendra Fadnavis will be taking oath at 7 pm today. (Indian Express)

16:11 (IST) 30 Jun 2022
WATCH: Shinde, Fadnavis leave for Raj Bhawan

Shiv Sena's Eknath Shinde and BJP's Devendra Fadnavis left for Raj Bhawan in order to stake claim to form the government.

15:38 (IST) 30 Jun 2022
Shinde, Fadnavis to meet Governor shortly

Eknath Shinde arrives at Devendra Fadnavis' house. Both leaders are expected to meet the Governor shortly to stake claim for the formation of the government in Maharashtra.

15:31 (IST) 30 Jun 2022
WATCH: Eknath Shinde reaches Mumbai

14:03 (IST) 30 Jun 2022
Fadnavis, Shinde likely to meet Governor to stake claim to form government

Maharashtra BJP leader Devendra Fadnavis and rebel Shiv Sena MLA Eknath Shinde are likely to meet Governor today and stake claim to form government. (ANI)

13:40 (IST) 30 Jun 2022
BJP claims support of 170 MLAs

Speaking to reporters, former minister Mahajan said, “We have a support of 170 MLAs. We can comfortably face a floor test whenever we are asked to prove majority.” The BJP's strength in the House is 106, and it claims to have the support of at least 13 legislators. (PTI)

13:39 (IST) 30 Jun 2022
Rebel MLA Kesarkar reveals when Shinde camp will reach Mumbai

“If there will be a swearing-in ceremony tomorrow, then we will go tomorrow (to Mumbai),” says rebel Shiv Sena MLA Deepak Kesarkar. (ANI)

13:34 (IST) 30 Jun 2022
Still with Uddhav Thackeray, claims rebel MLA Kesarkar

“We are not against the Thackeray family… We are ready to talk to Uddhav Ji if he breaks the alliance with MVA but he is still with them. We have not gone to SC against Thackeray. We still have respect for Thackeray Ji,” said Deepak Kesarkar, spokesperson of the Eknath Shinde camp. (ANI)

13:32 (IST) 30 Jun 2022
Already in talks with BJP, will form govt soon: Rebel MLA Kesarkar

“Maharashtra BJP leader Devendra Fadnavis will decide the oath-taking date. It is the prerogative of the Governor to give him that date. Our negotiations have already started and we will form a govt,” said Shiv Sena MLA Deepak Kesarkar, spokesperson of the Eknath Shinde camp. (ANI)

13:31 (IST) 30 Jun 2022
Haven’t discussed any ministerial posts with BJP, says Eknath Shinde

Rebel Shiv Sena MLA Eknath Shinde clarified that no talks have been initiated with the BJP leadership so far regarding the distribution of portfolios. However, he said that the talks regarding the same will happen soon.

13:28 (IST) 30 Jun 2022
We didn’t celebrate Uddhav Thackeray’s resignation, says rebel MLA Kesarkar

“Yesterday CM Uddhav Thackeray resigned. We didn’t indulge in any kind of celebration as removing him was not our intention. We are still in Shiv Sena and it is not our intention to hurt and disrespect Uddhav Thackeray,” Rebel Shiv Sena MLA Deepak Kesarkar told reporters in Goa's Panaji.

13:27 (IST) 30 Jun 2022
Other rebel MLAs won’t be accompanying Eknath Shinde to Mumbai today

“MLAs are still here in Goa but I am going to Mumbai today,” says rebel Shiv Sena leader Eknath Shinde. (ANI)

11:21 (IST) 30 Jun 2022
BJP core meeting underway to decide future course of action

A meeting of the BJP core committee is underway at Sagar Bungalow, residence of former Maharashtra CM Devendra Fadnavis Maharashtra BJP in-charge CT Ravi, party leaders Chandrakant Patil, Girish Mahajan, Praveen Darekar and others present

11:17 (IST) 30 Jun 2022
‘This is exactly what happened!’: Sanjay Raut shares sketch showing Thackeray being backstabbed

11:04 (IST) 30 Jun 2022
No discussion with BJP on ministerial posts till now: Eknath Shinde

There has been no discussion with the BJP regarding portfolios and ministerial posts, it will happen soon. Until then, please don't believe the ministerial lists and rumours about it: Eknath Shinde

11:00 (IST) 30 Jun 2022
Uddhav Thackeray should have faced trust vote: Maharashtra Congress

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: Maharashtra Congress leader Balasaheb Thorat

10:16 (IST) 30 Jun 2022
Power is born for Shiv Sena, says Sanjay Raut

Shiv Sena is not born for power, power is born for Shiv Sena. This has always been Balasaheb Thackeray's mantra. We will work and come to power on our own once again: Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut

10:04 (IST) 30 Jun 2022
Got emotional when Uddhav Thackeray resigned: Sanjay Raut

We got emotional yesterday when Uddhav Thackeray resigned as Chief Minister. Everyone has faith in Uddhav Thackeray. People of every caste and religion support him. Sonia Gandhi and Sharad Pawar trust him: Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut

10:03 (IST) 30 Jun 2022
Sanjay Raut to appear before ED in Patra Chawl redevelopment case tomorrow

“I will be going to the Enforcement Directorate (ED) office tomorrow,” says Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut.

09:57 (IST) 30 Jun 2022
Revenge served cold: How a two-year-old speech by Devendra Fadnavis has come back to haunt Uddhav Thackeray

31 months on, when Fadnavis is set to return to power, a couplet which he had recited at the state Assembly’s Special Session called on December 1 after his resignation, is now going viral. Read More

09:55 (IST) 30 Jun 2022
Maharashtra Congress MLAs to meet shortly

All Congress MLAs to shortly meet at Maharashtra Vidhan Bhavan to discuss the present political situation in Maharashtra.

09:20 (IST) 30 Jun 2022
Eknath Shinde to address MLAs staying in Goa

Rebel Shiv Sena leader Eknath Shinde to address the MLAs staying in Goa in a meeting that will be held before they leave for Mumbai: Deepak Kesarkar, spokesperson of Eknath Shinde camp

08:50 (IST) 30 Jun 2022
People who drove rickshaws were made MLAs, MPs: Uddhav’s barb at Eknath Shinde, other rebels

Slamming the rebel MLAs, Uddhav said those bestowed with important positions by the party had betrayed the Sena.

“The Sena made common men, people who drove rickshaws, ran small shops as corporators, MLAs, MPs and ministers. These people have now become big. Those who were given everything by the party are now saying they are angry while common Sainiks, who have not received anything in the past, are today strongly standing behind the party,” he said.

The resignation of Thackeray (62) capped a week-long drama of resort politics, where rebel Shiv Sena MLAs led by minister Eknath Shinde camped in luxury hotels and hopped on chartered jets from Mumbai to Surat and Guwahati, before landing in the cool climes of Goa on Wednesday night. In a televised address shortly after 9.30 pm, 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.

The political tussle in Maharashtra entered a decisive phase on Wednesday when Koshyari ordered the state government to take a floor test in the Assembly on Thursday, a day after a BJP delegation met him and demanded a floor test claiming that the Sena-led government was in minority. Thackeray-led Shiv Sena’s chief whip Sunil Prabhu then moved the Supreme Court against Governor Koshyari’s direction. The top court, however, after a prolonged hearing, refused to order stay on the floor test, which was scheduled to be taken up at 11 am today.