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Devendra Fadnavis Takes Oath As Deputy CM of Maharashtra, Accepts JP Nadda’s Request

The Sena MLA from Kopri-Panchpakhadi in Thane city alone took oath of office at 7.30 pm on Thursday, and a cabinet expansion will take place later, the BJP leader, who was flanked by Shinde, said at a press conference.

Published: June 30, 2022 9:42 PM IST

By News Desk | Edited by Victor Dasgupta

Eknath Shinde And Devendra Fadnavis
Eknath Shinde And Devendra Fadnavis

Mumbai: Devendra Fadnavis on Thursday took oath as the deputy chief minister of Maharashtra after BJP national president JP Nadda announced that the party’s central leadership has decided that former Maharashtra chief minister Fadnavis will have to be a part of the new Maharashtra government as its deputy chief minister.

Earlier today, in an unexpected move, Fadnavis announced that Eknath Shinde will be the next Chief Minister of Maharashtra, ten days after the rebel Shiv Sena leader raised a banner of revolt that culminated in the fall of the Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) government.

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Home Minister Amit Shah took to Twitter and announced that Fadnavis will join the state government on the request of BJP president JP Nadda. Shah wrote, “Devendra Fadnavis has decided to join the Maharashtra government on the request of BJP chief JP Nadda.” He further tweeted, that Fadnavis’s decision shows his sense of service towards the people of Maharashtra.Eknath Shinde took oath as the new chief minister of Maharashtra at the Raj Bhavan.

The dramatic announcement by Fadnavis, who will not be a part of the new dispensation, defied expectations that he would return as chief minister with the support of the Shinde-led Shiv Sena faction for a third term.

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