Eknath Shinde will be the new chief minister of Maharashtra. The BJP's Devendra Fadnavis has stated that he will not be part of the Eknath Shinde-led government, but will provide outside support.
Fadnavis and Shinde met with Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari at Raj Bhawan and staked their claim to form government.
Meanwhile, BJP national president JP Nadda has announced that Fadnavis will be the Deputy Chief Minister.
Fadnavis and Shinde met with Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari at Raj Bhawan, where they staked their claim to form the Maharashtra government.
Fadnavis claimed that the Shiv Sena had insulted the public mandate by joining forces with the Congress and the NCP to keep the BJP out of power in 2019.
He also claimed rampant corruption during the Maha Vikas Aghadi government's rule, citing two NCP leaders accused of corruption.
Fadnavis had earlier said that he will not be a part of the Shinde-led ministry, but will offer every support from outside.
At a press conference, Eknath Shinde stated that the BJP, which has 106 MLAs and independents, has the support of 120 MLAs and that if the party so desired, it could have retained the CM post.
“I express my deep gratitude to PM Narendra Modi, Union Home Minister Amit Shah and Devendra Fadnavis,” he said.
Shinde will be sworn in as the new chief minister of Maharashtra today evening.