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Highlights | Will give good government: Uddhav after chairing 1st cabinet meet

Maharashtra govt formation LIVE: Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray took oath as new chief minister of Maharashtra at Shivaji Park on Thursday evening. He will head an alliance government of NCP, Shiv Sena and Congress.

By HT Correspondent | Updated: Nov 30, 2019 06:15 IST
Highlights | Will give good government: Uddhav after chairing 1st cabinet meet
Maharashtra CM Uddhav Thackeray ahead of his first cabinet meeting.

Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray took oath as chief minister of Maharashtra on Thursday evening, heading the Maharashtra Vikas Aghadi (MVA), an alliance of Nationalist Congress Party, Shiv Sena and Congress.

The ceremony was held in Mumbai's Shivaji Park where Uddhav's father, the late Bal Thackeray, founded the Shiv Sena in 1966. Governor BD Koshyari will administer oath to Uddhav, the first Thackeray to be a chief minister of the state, at 6:40pm.

The swearing-in ceremony will bring to an end more than a month of political uncertainty in the state after the October 21 assembly elections.

In the new government, Sharad Pawar's NCP will get to nominate a deputy chief minister and a Congress MLA will occupy the assembly Speaker’s position.

Here are the updates:

06:16 PM IST

Raj Thackeray reaches Shivaji Park

MNS chief and Uddhav's cousin Raj Thackeray has reached Shivaji Park for the swearing in ceremony.

06:01 PM IST

Mallikarjun Kharge reaches Shivaji Park for the swearing in ceremony

Senior Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge is at Shivaji Park for the swearing in ceremony.

06:01 PM IST

Glad that Maharashtra Vikas Aghadi has come together to defeat BJP: Rahul Gandhi

Rahul Gandhi on Thursday expressed regret for not being able to attend Uddhav Thackeray's swearing-in ceremony. "The events leading up to the government formation in Maharashtra have set a dangerous precedent for our democracy. I am glad that the Maharashtra Vikas Aghadi has come together to defeat the BJP's attempt to undermine our democracy. The people of Maharashtra have high expectations from the coalition and I am confident it will provide them with a stable, secular and pro-poor government," Rahul Gandhi's letter read.

05:48 PM IST

Ajit Pawar, Supriya Sule reach Shivaji Park, Sharad Pawar enroute

Ajit Pawar, Supriya Sule have reached Shivaji Park for the swearing in ceremony of Maharashtra's 19th chief minister. Sharad Pawar is also enroute the venue.

05:20 PM IST

Balasaheb Thorat and Nitin Raut to be sworn in as ministers

From Congress, Balasaheb Thorat and Nitin Raut will sworn in as ministers in the new government. Thorat, who is also state president of the party, made the announcement.

04:37 PM IST

Maha Vikas Aghadi releases Common Minimum Programme

03:51 PM IST

Everyone should witness the historic day: Sena's Eknath Shinde

Shiv Sena's Eknath Shinde hailed today's swearing in ceremony for Maharashtra's chief minister as 'historic day'. "We've invited all big leaders from the centre and state including the Prime Minister. Aditya Thackeray himself went to invite Congress President Sonia Gandhi. We've also invited former Maharashtra CM and Raj Thackeray. Everyone should witness the historic day."

03:20 PM IST

Won't take oath today as minister, says Ajit Pawar ahead of oath ceremony

NCP leader Ajit Pawar has said that six leaders, two each from his party, the Shiv Sena and the Congress, will take oath as ministers on Thursday along with Chief Minister-designate Uddhav Thackeray.

Pawar also clarified that he will not take oath as a minister on Thursday evening during the ceremony to be held at Shivaji Park.

"I will not take oath today. Only Chhagan Bhujbal and Jayant Patil will take oath as ministers from the NCP," Ajit Pawar told reporters after a meeting of NCP leaders at party chief Sharad Pawar's residence.

02:38 PM IST

Ajit Pawar not in NCP’s first list of ministers, reaches Sharad Pawar’s house

Ajit Pawar, the Nationalist Congress Party leader who almost grounded the Uddhav Thackeray-led alliance government in Maharashtra, reached his uncle and boss Sharad Pawar’s house hours before the Shiv Sena chief take oath as chief minister on Thursday evening. Read here.

01:47 PM IST

NCP's Jayant Patil says no decision yet on him becoming deputy CM

NCP lawmakerJayant Patil will take oath as a minister at the swearing-in ceremony on Thursday evening. Talking to ANI, Patil said, "I am going to take oath as a minister.". On being asked if he will be the deputy chief minister, Patil said, "That has not been decided yet, I don't know."

01:41 PM IST

'Invited all big leaders from the Centre and state': Sena's Eknath Shinde

Eknath Shinde of Shiv Sena said, "We've invited all big leaders from the Centre and state including the Prime Minister. Aditya Thackeray himself went to invite Congress Pres Sonia Gandhi. We've also invited former Maharashtra CM and Raj Thackeray. Everyone should witness the historic day."

01:35 PM IST

Ajit Pawar arrives at Sharad Pawar's residence

Ajit Pawar arrives at Silver Oak, residence of Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) Chief Sharad Pawar. Party leaders Jayant Patil and Praful Patel are already present at the residence.

01:07 PM IST

Congress' Balasaheb Thorat, Shiv Sena's Eknath Shinde & NCP's Jayant Patil to address a joint press conference

Congress' Balasaheb Thorat, Shiv Sena's Eknath Shinde & NCP's Jayant Patil to address a joint press conference, ahead of swearing-in ceremony of Shiv Sena chief & 'Maha Vikas Aghadi' leader Uddhav Thackeray, today. The Common Minimum programme will be released, according to news agnecy ANI.

12:26 PM IST

NCP spokesperson: Ajit Pawar has not gone incommunicado

NCP spokesperson, on reports that Ajit Pawar has switched off his mobile phone: Ajit Pawar has not gone incommunicado, he has intentionally switched off his mobile phone to avoid frequent calls. He will attend the swearing-in ceremony, according to news agency ANI.

12:25 PM IST

Cong Not upset for not getting post of deputy chief minister: Thorat

Maharashtra Congress chief Balasaheb Thorat : We are not upset for not getting the post of deputy chief minister. The speaker will be from Congress.

First published: Nov 28, 2019 09:47 IST