Shiv Sena Chief Uddhav Thackeray took oath as the Chief Minister of Maharashtra.
He was administered the oath of office and secrecy by Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari at Shivaji Park in Central Mumbai.
Uddhav was chosen as the leader of the Maha Vikas Aghadi a.k.a Shiv Sena-NCP-Congress alliance. He is the first from the Thackeray clan to become the Chief Minister.
Six ministers, two each from all the three parties also took oath as Ministers. They are: Eknath Shinde and Subhash Desai from Shiv Sena; Jayant Patil and Chhagan Bhujbal from NCP and Balasaheb Thorat and Nitin Raut from Congress.
The Shiv Sena has 56 MLAs, NCP 54 and Congress 44 in the 288-member Assembly in the state.
The Governor has given Uddhav Thackeray seven days’ time till 3rd of December to prove his majority on the floor of the House.
Soon after taking oath, Mr Thackeray held the new cabinet’s first meeting. “I want to assure the people of the state that we will give a good government. I want to help the farmers in a manner which will make them happy,” he said after the cabinet meet.
Several political bigwicks across party lines attended the oath taking ceremony. Raj Thackeray, Uddhav Thackeray’s estranged cousin was also present. Industrialist Mukesh Ambani, his wife Nita Ambani and son Anant were also seen seated on the stage.
In a Common Minimum Programme (CMP) announced by the alliance it said the state would waive farmers loans, fill all vacant state jobs, among many other schemes.