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Uddhav set to be sworn in as 18th Maharashtra Chief Minister, key dignitaries invited

Uddhav Thackeray is all set to be sworn in as the 18th Chief Minister of Maharashtra. The oath ceremony will begin around 6:40 pm at Shivaji Park, the traditional venue for the Shiv Sena.

Uddhav will be heading the Shiv-Sena-NCP-Congress government after Devendra Fadnavis resigned as Chief Minister and Ajit Pawar as his Deputy Chief Minister. Sena will be ruling the state after twenty years, but interestingly, Uddhav will be the first Thackeray patriarch to become the Chief Minister.

Thackerays have invited many senior dignitaries including the Prime Minister. Uddhav Thackeray had called up Prime Minister Modi and even sent a letter as an invitation.

Aaditya Thackeray had flown to Delhi yesterday to invite Sonia Gandhi and Manmohan Singh to invite them to the oath ceremony of his father. The Sena has also invited leaders of nearly all the opposition parties, including DMK president MK Stalin, Delhi Chief Minister Arvin Kejriwal, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and nearly 400 farmer leaders from across the state.

The talks for portfolio sharing have already begun. After a six-hour-long meeting of the alliance–also known as Maharashtra Vikas Aghadi–NCP’s Praful Patel had announced yesterday that the Assembly Speaker’s post will go to the Congress and Deputy Speaker will be from the NCP.

Uddhav Thackeray, who is not a member of the newly elected Maharashtra Assembly will have to become a member of the Maharashtra Legislative Assembly or Legislative Council within six months from taking oath as Chief Minister.

On the other side, a poster projecting Ajit Pawar as the future Chief Minister of Maharashtra was seen doing rounds yesterday evening in his home constituency Baramati in Pune. The poster has the photo of Ajit Pawar along with his Uncle Sharad Pawar and it says in Marathi, “Dada, you won the assembly elections by the highest margin in Maharashtra. The state direly needs you and cannot stop now.”

While, opposition parties have been vehemently disapproving the role that Maharashtra Governor, President, and Prime Minister had played in making Devendra Fadnavis the Chief Minister in a clandestine manner. The Communist Party of India (Marxist) in its statement yesterday demanded the resignation of Maharashtra Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari for playing ‘unconstitutional, anti-democratic and partisan’ role at the behest of BJP to bring it into power in the state.

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