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Eknath Shinde Takes Oath As Maharashtra Chief Minister, Devendra Fadnavis His Deputy CM

Today Shiv Sena rebel Eknath Shinde took oath as Maharashtra Chief Minister and Devendra Fadnavis his deputy, as the BJP capped the coup that unseated Uddhav Thackeray a day ago with back-to-back curveballs.

“I will stay out of the government and ensure it runs smoothly,” Mr Fadnavis said at a news briefing around 4:30 pm, announcing that only Mr Shinde will be sworn in later in the evening.

Eknath Shinde thanked PM Modi, Mr Fadnavis and other BJP leaders. “It’s their magnanimity. They had a bigger mandate, yet they made me the Chief Minister. Who does that?” he said.

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