As newly-appointed Maharashtra CM Devendra Fadnavis mingled with crowds after the grand swearing-in ceremony of the BJP government at Wankhede Stadium on Friday, his attention was drawn to a five-year-old girl, eagerly awaiting her turn to greet him.
“All the best, Baba,” said Fadnavis’ daughter Divija, as he rushed to hold her outstretched hands. Divija, 5, was accompanied by Fadnavis’ wife Amruta and his mother Sarita.
A kindergarten student at Bhavan’s Bhagwandas Purohit Vidya Mandir in Nagpur, Divija will be the youngest-ever occupant of CM’s official bungalow ‘Varsha’ in south Mumbai.
Fadnavis, 44, a third time MLA, was administered the oath of office and secrecy by Governor C Vidyasagar Rao in the presence of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, BJP president Amit Shah, and several Union ministers and veterans.
Chief Ministers of BJP-ruled states including Vasundhara Raje (Rajasthan), Anandiben Patel (Gujarat), Manohar Parrikar (Goa), Raman Singh (Chhattisgarh) and Manohar Lal Khattar (Haryana) and those governed by allies including Chandrababu Naidu (Andhra Pradesh) and Parkash Singh Badal (Punjab) also attended the event.
Top industrialists along with eminent personalities, including from Bollywood were present at the packed venue when seven Cabinet ministers and two Ministers of State also took oath.