Mumbai: Shiv Sena rebel leader Eknath Shinde on Thursday Sworned in As Chief Minister of Maharashtra after a 10-day long political drama in the state.
During the his swearing-in speech, Shinde mentioned Balasaheb Thackeray and Anand Dighe amidst the presence of his supporters.
Earlier today, Bharatiya Janata Party's (BJP) Devendra Fadnavis made the announcement after meeting Governor Bhagat Singh Koshiyari and staked claim to form government in the state.
Meanwhile, the saffron party high command has declared that Devendra Fadnavis shall join Maharashtra government. Prior to this, PM Modi called Devendra Fadnavis twice reportedly to communicate the party's decision.
" As many as 50 MLAs are with us, including 40 MLAs from Shiv Sena and we have managed fought this battle so far with their help. I will not let even a scratch mar the trust that these 50 people have placed in me - let alone break that trust," Shinde told media persons in a joint conference with Fadnavis.
Further while justifying his act, Shinde said that he along with other MLAs are committed to Balasaheb's Hindutva.
Expressing his gratitude to Fadnavis, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Home Minister Amit Shah for giving him the top post in the state.
After meeting the Governor, Fadnavis slammed Uddhav Thackeray-led state government in the press conference and said that in this government no work was carried out.
''The works which were already started, they were trying to complete them slowly. The Thackeray government was trying to keep people associated with the underworld don Dawood Ibrahim gang in its cabinet,'' Fadnavis alleged.
Fadnavis also said that there are certain things that were opposed by Balasaheb Thackeray throughout his life and instead of carrying the same forward his son (Uddhav) supported those things and compromised with the ideology.
Earlier, Shinde who came to Mumbai nearly after 10 days, directly went to Fadnavis's house from the airport.
Later there, both the leaders met Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari, where, Shinde handed over the letter of support of 49 MLAs to the Governor and staked claim to form the government in the state.