Uddhav to take oath as CM today
   Date :28-Nov-2019
MUMBAI
MAHARASHTRA will have a Chief Minister from the Shiv Sena after 20 years, with party chief Uddhav Thackeray set to take oath of the top post at a public ceremony here on Thursday.
 
 
 
Thackeray, 59, will be sworn-in as the Chief Minister in an evening ceremony at the sprawling Shivaji Park, where his father and Sena founder Balasaheb Thackeray addressed his famous Dussehra rallies.
Uddhav Thackeray along with wife Rashmi met Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari at Raj Bhawan on Wednesday.
Uddhav Thackeray also met NCP President Sharad Pawar here as the process of forming the new Council of Ministers gathered momentum.
 
The meeting between the two top leaders is taking place in the wake of Pawar’s parleys with senior Congress functionaries Ahmed Patel, K C Venugopal and others earlier in the day.
 
Earlier in the day, a special session of the 14th Maharashtra Legislative Assembly was held here on Wednesday where oath was administered to 285 newly-elected members.
 
In the 288-member House, two members - Sudhir Mungantiwar (BJP) and Devendra Bhuyar (Swabhimani Paksh) - did not take oath on Wednesday, a Vidhan Bhawan official said.
 
Protem Speaker Kalidas Kolambkar took oath on Tuesday after being appointed to the post by Governor. Two members - Mahesh Baldi (Independent), Mohammed Ismail (AIMIM)- were administered oath in the Speaker’s chamber on Wednesday as they arrived after the House was adjourned, legislature secretary Rajendra Bhagwat told PTI.
 
Ismail arrived late as he got stuck in traffic, while Baldi, the MLA from Uran in neighbouring Raigad district, was held up as the ferry boat which he boarded to reach Mumbai from Alibaug, broke down, he said.
Bhagwat said a decision on the date for Speaker’s election will be taken after the Cabinet meeting, following the swearing-in of Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray as Chief Minister on Thursday.
Earlier in the morning, NCP MP Supriya Sule greeted party MLAs Ajit Pawar and Rohit Pawar at Vidhan Bhawan entrance before commencement of session.
(Contd on page 6)MUMBAI, Nov 27 (PTI)
MAHARASHTRA will have a Chief Minister from the Shiv Sena after 20 years, with party chief Uddhav Thackeray set to take oath of the top post at a public ceremony here on Thursday.
 
Thackeray, 59, will be sworn-in as the Chief Minister in an evening ceremony at the sprawling Shivaji Park, where his father and Sena founder Balasaheb Thackeray addressed his famous Dussehra rallies.
 
Uddhav Thackeray along with wife Rashmi met Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari at Raj Bhawan on Wednesday.
Uddhav Thackeray also met NCP President Sharad Pawar here as the process of forming the new Council of Ministers gathered momentum.
 
The meeting between the two top leaders is taking place in the wake of Pawar’s parleys with senior Congress functionaries Ahmed Patel, K C Venugopal and others earlier in the day.
Earlier in the day, a special session of the 14th Maharashtra Legislative Assembly was held here on Wednesday where oath was administered to 285 newly-elected members.
 
In the 288-member House, two members - Sudhir Mungantiwar (BJP) and Devendra Bhuyar (Swabhimani Paksh) - did not take oath on Wednesday, a Vidhan Bhawan official said.
 
Protem Speaker Kalidas Kolambkar took oath on Tuesday after being appointed to the post by Governor. Two members - Mahesh Baldi (Independent), Mohammed Ismail (AIMIM)- were administered oath in the Speaker’s chamber on Wednesday as they arrived after the House was adjourned, legislature secretary Rajendra Bhagwat told PTI.
Ismail arrived late as he got stuck in traffic, while Baldi, the MLA from Uran in neighbouring Raigad district, was held up as the ferry boat which he boarded to reach Mumbai from Alibaug, broke down, he said.
Bhagwat said a decision on the date for Speaker’s election will be taken after the Cabinet meeting, following the swearing-in of Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray as Chief Minister on Thursday.
Earlier in the morning, NCP MP Supriya Sule greeted party MLAs Ajit Pawar and Rohit Pawar at Vidhan Bhawan entrance before commencement of session.
 
“This day comes with a big responsibility,” she told reporters. There is speculation that Ajit Pawar, who was present at a party meeting here on Wednesday after meeting the NCP chief on Tuesday night, may be inducted in the new Cabinet. In the House, Kolambar announced Babanrao Pachpute, Vijaykumar Gavit and Radhakrishna Vikhe Patil as the presiding officers for administering oath of the members.
 
Names of members were called out on the basis of seniority. Presiding officers Pachpute and Gavit were the first to take oath followed by caretaker Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis. NCP’s Ajit Pawar and Chhagan Bhujbal, Congress leaders and former Chief Ministers Ashok Chavan, Prithviraj Chavan, and former Speakers Dilip Walse Patil (NCP) and Haribhau Bagade (BJP) were among the members who took oath early. Ajit Pawar was greeted with thumping of desks from NCP members when he went to the podium to take oath.
 
Newly-elected Shiv Sena leader Aaditya Thackeray, who made his electoral debut by winning from Worli seat in Mumbai, was congratulated by members cutting across party lines. The 29-year-old son of Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray went up to all senior members to greet them.
 
Dhiraj Deshmukh (Congress) and Rohit Pawar (NCP) were also among the newcomers who took oath.
The last Sena man to occupy the CM’s chair was Narayan Rane in 1999, after Manohar Joshi, who in 1995 became the first Sena CM. Thursday’s swearing-in ceremony follows days of dramatic political developments, which included a three-day Government formed by unexpected support from NCP leader Ajit Pawar, who has since returned to the Sharad Pawar-led party fold.
 
The newly-elected members could not take oath earlier even one month after the results of the Assembly polls were announced due to dramatic political developments in the state. The State remained under President’s Rule for 13 days between November 12 and 23 after no political party was able to form a government.
 
The Supreme Court on Tuesday asked Koshyari to appoint a Protem Speaker and ensure all elected members of the House are sworn-in on Wednesday itself by 5 pm. The BJP-led Government, which was formed with the support of NCP leader Ajit Pawar on November 23, collapsed on Tuesday afternoon, after Pawar stepped down as Deputy Chief Minister and Devendra Fadnavis as Chief Minister.
 
The resignation of Fadnavis came a day after the Sena-led alliance paraded 162 MLAs in an unprecedented show of strength at a luxury hotel here Monday night indicating that the numbers were stacked heavily against the BJP.
The alliance, which is expected to have a Common Minimum Programme(CMP), was stitched after hectic parleys involving Uddhav Thackeray, Sharad Pawar and Congress President Sonia Gandhi.
 
Once being the only second Chief Minister in Maharashtra to complete the full five-year term, Fadnavis now holds the dubious distinction of being the CM with the shortest tenure of four days in the last 59 years. The ‘Maha Vikas Aghadi’ comprising the Shiv Sena, the NCP and the Congress, has rallied behind Uddhav Thackeray, who is not a member of the State Legislature. Senior Congress leaders including Ahmed Patel met Sharad Pawar at his Silver Oak residence in south Mumbai on Wednesday to discuss issues pertaining to Maharashtra’s ministerial council and oath-taking ceremony.