Thursday (November 28): Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray today took oath as the chief minister of Maharashtra, thus putting an end to a month-long political drama in the state.
Uddhav, 59, is the 19th chief minister of the state and third from the Shiv Sena. He is also the first from Thackeray family to hold any official position.
NCP’s Chhagan Bhujbal and Jayant Patil, Cong’s Balasaheb Thorat and Nitin Raut, Sena’s Eknath Shinde and Subhash Desai also took oath as ministers along with Thackeray.
— ANI (@ANI) November 28, 2019
Among those present at his oath-taking ceremony are 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.”
Prime Minister Narendra modi has congratulated him on taking oath as chief minister of Maharashtra. “I am confident he will work diligently for the bright future of Maharashtra,” he said.
Congratulations to Uddhav Thackeray Ji on taking oath as the CM of Maharashtra. I am confident he will work diligently for the bright future of Maharashtra. @OfficeofUT
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) November 28, 2019
West Bengal chief Minister Mamata Banerjee congratulated Shiv Sena president Uddhav Thackeray, NCP chief Sharad Pawar and Congress leader Balasaheb Thorat for coming together and forming the government in Maharashtra.
Banerjee said she was looking forward to a “pro-people and stable government” that would work for the all round development of Maharashtra under their leadership.
Congratulations to @OfficeofUT , @PawarSpeaks and @bb_thorat for forming the government in Maharashtra. Under your diligent leadership and firm commitment, we look forward to the State having a pro- people, stable government that works for all round development.
— Mamata Banerjee (@MamataOfficial) November 28, 2019
JD(S) patriarch and former Prime Minister H D Deve Gowda also congratulated the Shiv Sena, NCP and the Congress for forming a government in Maharashtra, and termed it as a “tight slap” on the face of those trying to destroy the country’s democratic fabric.