How’s the josh?, asks Sanjay Raut ahead of Uddhav Thackeray’s swearing-in
Ahead of the swearing-in ceremony of Uddhav Thackeray as Maharashtra Chief Minister, Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut asked ‘How is the Josh in Maharashtra’?
“How is Josh? Jai Maharashtra” tweeted Raut on Thursday.
Thackeray will be sworn-in as the 18th chief minister of Maharashtra at a grand ceremony at Shivaji Park here today evening. Meanwhile, bust of Meena Thackeray (mother of Shiv Sena Chief Uddhav Thackeray) outside the Shivaji Park is decorated with flowers.
Uddhav will be the first member from the Thackeray family to become the chief minister and the third Shiv Sena leader to hold the top post after Manohar Joshi and Narayan Rane.
He will be leading a government of the Maha Vikas Aghadi, an alliance of Shiv Sena, Nationalist Congress Party (NCP), and the Congress.
His oath-taking ceremony follows weeks of political uncertainty and changing political equations with NCP chief Sharad Pawar’s nephew Ajit supporting BJP and being sworn-in as the deputy chief minister.
In a shocking development, BJP’s Devendra Fadnavis and Ajit were sworn-in as chief minister and deputy chief minister on Saturday morning. The duo stepped down from their posts on Monday evening after the Supreme Court ordered a floor test in the 288-member Assembly the next day.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi, his predecessor Manmohan Singh, Congress president Sonia Gandhi and about 400 farmers from various districts are among the people who have been invited for the oath-taking ceremony scheduled to be held at 6:40 pm.
Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel and his Madhya Pradesh counterpart Kamal Nath will also attend the swearing-in ceremony.
On Tuesday, Thackeray was unanimously elected as the leader of the tri-party alliance.
Soon after the October 24 results, Shiv Sena demanded rotation of the chief minister’s post and equal power-sharing in the NDA government, something rejected by the ally BJP. The weeks of political stalemate led to the imposition of President’s rule on November 13.
Firm on its demands, Sena, the second-largest party in the state, did not hesitate to stitch an alliance with the ideological opponents -- NCP and Congress -- and was given the chief minister’s post.