Uddhav Thackeray Oath Ceremony: Uddhav Thackeray Takes Oath As Maharashtra Chief Minister
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Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray has been sworn-in as chief minister amid much fanfare at Shivaji Park in Dadar, Mumbai.
The oath-taking ceremony was attended by some high profile names including industrialist Mukesh Ambani, along with Nita Ambani and their son.
Uddhav’s estranged cousin and MNS chief Raj Thackeray, too, made an appearance at Shivaji Park. The ceremony was also attended by DMK chief MK Stalin and leader TR Baalu. Former Maharashtra chief minister Devendra Fadnavis was also present.
Watch the ceremony here.
Thackeray was anointed the leader of a three-way alliance between Sena, Nationalist Congress Party and Congress—the Maha Vikas Aghadi—on Tuesday night soon after Bharatiya Janata Party’s Devendra Fadnavis resigned following an 80-hour stint as the chief minister.
Uddhav Thackeray Holds His First Cabinet Meeting
Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray held his first cabinet meeting at the Sahyadri Guest House 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 Mah Vikas Aghadi of three parties.
Two leaders from each of the three parties were sworn in as ministers along with him at a ceremony at Shivaji Park on Thursday evening. Other leaders who arrived at Sahyadri Guest House included Ajit Pawar and Dilip Walase Patil of the NCP; Shiv Sena MPs Rajan Vichare, Anil Desai and Shrikant Shinde, and Sena Member of Legislative Council Anil Parab.
The cabinet, in the first meeting, is supposed to decide on calling a special session of the Assembly to elect full-time Speaker who will conduct floor test, a senior IAS officer said.
Governor BK Koshyari has asked Thackeray to prove majority by Dec. 3.
With PTI inputs
The First Thackeray Chief Minister—In Pictures
PM Modi Congratulates Uddhav Thackeray
Prime Minister Narendra Modi congratulated Uddhav Thackeray for becoming the chief minister of Maharashtra. Thackeray had earlier said that after taking oath he would go and meet his “big brother” Modi in New Delhi.
Six Ministers Sworn-In
Six other leaders, two from each party, including Shiv Sena’s Eknath Shinde, NCP’s Jayant Patil, Congress’ Balasaheb Thorat and Nitin Raut were sworn in as cabinet ministers.
Manmohan Singh Writes To Uddhav Thackeray
Former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, who was also invited for the oath taking ceremony, will not attend it. However, he too like Sonia Gandhi, wrote a letter congratulating Thackeray.