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BJP pulls a Mega Maharashtra Stunner - Eknath Shinde To Be Chief Minister


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Devendra Fadnavis of the BJP, who was widely expected to be the new Maharashtra Chief Minister, said Eknath Shinde will be next Maharashtra Chief Minister.

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Eknath Shinde, the man who cornered Uddhav Thackeray into resigning last night, will replace him as Chief Minister less than 24 hours later.

The unexpected climax of a nine-day drama was announced by Devendra Fadnavis of the BJP, who was widely expected to be the new Maharashtra Chief Minister. Through the day, the media reported that Mr Shinde would be his deputy.

Mr Shinde told reporters before flying into Mumbai today - he had not been in the city for over a week - that negotiations were underway with Mr Fadnavis for ministries. There was nothing to suggest that Mr Fadnavis would not in fact take the top job. "I will not be part of the government," said Mr Fadnavis, who has served twice as Chief Minister.

Mr Shinde said Mr Fadnavis showed a "big heart". "He showed his big heart, nobody does this...Someone who has 120 MLAs...Nobody lets go even the post of Panchayat or civic body chief. This is the Chief Minister's post," he said.

 

Mr Shinde will take oath alone tonight at 7:30, the BJP leader said. In a sign of the manoeuvring involved in dividing posts, Mr Fadnavis said, "Expansion will follow," referring to other MLAs including independents who will participate in the new government. Mr Fadnavis' sacrifice of his dream job is intended to deflect criticism of his central role in what started out as a stealth attack and ended as anything but.

On Monday last, in the middle of the night, Mr Shinde deserted Mr Thackeray along with about 20 other MLAs from the Shiv Sena. The revolt had been brewing for months; "we knew it," said Aaditya Thackeray in an interview to NDTV, repeating what his father has said over the last week, "we were betrayed by our own."

Mr Shinde who, in tandem with Mr Fadnavis, had blueprinted the revolt, took his show on the road to Surat (a one-day stop), and then to Guwahati in Assam, where the Sena rebels spent eight days in a five-star hotel, inaccessible to anyone except ministers in the local BJP government. Their camp seemed to enlarge every day, with new arrivals from Mumbai. Mr Thackeray's team numbered 15 MLAs, finally; Mr Shinde had 39 of the party's 55. There was little doubt of which way the scales were tipped.

Mr Thackeray resigned last night in a Facebook speech, minutes after the Supreme Court said he must prove his majority in the Maharashtra Assembly today. By asking for the vote to be delayed, Mr Thackeray's squad had sought to buy time.

Mr Shinde turned against Mr Thackeray because the right-wing ideology of the Sena has been greatly compromised since 2019, when the latter ended the party's three-decade-long alliance with the BJP. Mr Thackeray braided the party instead with the Congress and Sharad Pawar's NCP and became Chief Minister of the new combine.

"To have three parties with different perspectives working together for governance, that is democracy," Aditya Thackeray told NDTV today, defending his father's decision. "Those who left us -some of them were brainwashed by those with monster ambition," he said.

Uddhav Thackeray had asked the rebels to consider this: "If I step down, can you guarantee another Sainik will be Chief Minister?" He meant to underscore that the Sena rebels would be reduced to a prop for the BJP. Mr Shinde's promotion flattens that argument.

 

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32 minutes ago, Thokkalee said:

Stunner kaadu… bjp caved into a defector from opposition and gave him CM post.. 🤦‍♂️

Veedu SS lo vunnappudu pedda thug anevallu. Ippudu CM ayyadu. Yela vuntundo rule choodali. 

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Devendra Fadnavis said this in as many words during Thursday’s press conference before he made the announcement that Eknath Shinde would be the CM of Maharashtra. After all, with a ‘ Shiv Sainik’ in the CM’s chair, ‘Balasaheb’s dream still remains fulfilled’.

@3$%
 

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1 minute ago, Vaampire said:

Bjp should have gone for elections. This is stupid move

Spoke to a few M friends. Some want Fadnavis over him. 🥶

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8 minutes ago, reality said:

Devendra Fadnavis said this in as many words during Thursday’s press conference before he made the announcement that Eknath Shinde would be the CM of Maharashtra. After all, with a ‘ Shiv Sainik’ in the CM’s chair, ‘Balasaheb’s dream still remains fulfilled’.

@3$%
 

Balasaheb never wanted the CM post though. Ideology was more important to him. 

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1 hour ago, DummyVariable said:

Spoke to a few M friends. Some want Fadnavis over him. 🥶

Its a smart move...... Why have BJP CM with Sena support? Devendra Fadnavis CM ayyithe the same thing will happen to him..... This faction group is not trustworthy and they will pull plug off on DF when Sharad Pawar gives them a better offer in few months.

With this move UT is gone he is kicked out of his own party. He won't be crying on BJP in 2024

By giving support to Shinde Shiv Sena..... BJP will control BMC and 2024 General elections BJP will fight more seats.

 

2024 MH Elections BJP will fight right after 2024 General elections on momentum..... they will comeback on their own.

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1 minute ago, Gaali_Gottam_Govinda said:

Its a smart move...... Why have BJP CM with Sena support? Devendra Fadnavis CM ayyithe the same thing will happen to him..... This faction group is not trustworthy and they will pull plug off on DF when Sharad Pawar gives them a better offer in few months.

By giving support to Shinde Shiv Sena..... BJP will control BMC and 2024 elections lo BJP will fight more seats.

 

2024 MH Elections BJP will fight right after 2024 General elections on momentum..... they will comeback on their own.

2024 assembly might be with lok sabha elections 

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28 minutes ago, DummyVariable said:

Balasaheb never wanted the CM post though. Ideology was more important to him. 

He was suspended by election commission for using religion as a plank to an election in 1987 and they formed an alliance with BJP to come to power in 1995. Him not becoming a CM was consequential than ideology as he was suspended by election commission for 6 years to participate in any election.

https://www.telegraphindia.com/india/bal-thackeray-stripped-of-voting-right/cid/918057

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Shiv sena rebels will quickly realize they can win zilch without Thackrey clan as face of the party and that is how all regional parties work, shinde doesn’t have any appeal beyond Thane municipal corporation. This government will not stay beyond 2023 or even 2022 if Uddhav proves he still has public support with BMC elections  happening in October or if either factions miserably fail

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