#Mumbai: BJP’s Devendra Farnabis is set to become the next Chief Minister of Maharashtra. Eknath Shinde, whose rebellion has led to the removal of most Shiv Sena MLAs and preparations for a new government, will be the Deputy Chief Minister. Devendra Farnabis and Eknath Shinde will meet Governor Bhagat Singh Koshiari and demand the formation of a new government at 3pm on Thursday, sources said. They will inform the governor that they have the support of more than 150 MLAs.
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If all goes well, Devendra Farnabis is likely to take oath tomorrow. After more than two years, Devendra is going to be the Chief Minister again. For now, he will start working with a small cabinet, sources said. Uddhav Thackeray resigned as Maharashtra Chief Minister yesterday after being asked to prove his majority in the Supreme Court verdict.
After the mutiny in three BJP-ruled states, there are only 13 MLAs in the Shiv Sena chief’s camp. Shinde and a group of rebels first boarded a luxury bus to Surat, Gujarat. They were later flown to Guwahati in Assam on a chartered flight. They came to Goa last evening to prepare for the strength test.
Shiv Sena rebel spokesperson Deepak Kesarkar insisted that the rebels had not betrayed Uddhav Thackeray and still loved and respected him. “None of the Shiv Sena is against the Thackeray family,” he said.
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The BJP has denied any role in the Shiv Sena coup despite evidence of protection and assistance to the rebels. Devendra Farnabis had two meetings with the leadership during the crisis. The third meeting saw Eknath Shinde taken from Guwahati to Vadodara for talks with key BJP strategists, including Devendra Fadnavis and Home Minister Amit Shah.
According to sources, a large security force has been deployed at the memorial of Shiv Sena founder Bal Thackeray. Eknath Shinde is expected to come here to seek blessings before the new government is formed.
Tags: Devendra Fadnavis, Maharashtra Crisis, Uddhav Thackeray