Mumbai: Shiv Sena president Uddhav Thackeray on Thursday evening took oath as Maharashtra’s 19th chief minister in a mega ceremony that was conducted at Mumbai’s iconic Shivaji Park. Several thousand supporters thronged to Sena’s Karma bhoomi to witness the ceremony, which saw senior leaders from across parties, industrialist, and other regional leaders in attendance.
Uddhav became the first Thackeray to become CM; when his father led the Sena, Manohar Joshi and Narayan Rane were made chief minister in 1995 and 1999. Thackeray’s taking over the reins comes at a time when his son has also got elected to the Assembly, marking a total plunge into direct control of power.
Six others – two from each ally – were sworn in. With doubts hanging over Ajit Pawar’s status inside the NCP, his colleagues Jayant Patil and Chhagan Bhujbal –both with vast administrative experience – entered the cabinet. Both have about 20 years of experience of being in the ministerial offices.