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Maharashtra to get its first BJP govt; Devendra Fadnavis to take oath as CM today

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Maharashtra will on Friday get its first BJP government when Devendra Fadnavis will be sworn in as the chief minister.

Absent will be Shiv Sena leaders, including party chief Uddhav Thackeray – the erstwhile partner will be boycotting the ceremony because of "constant humiliation" despite talks being held for a possible alliance.

"We have constantly been humiliated by the BJP, which has not gone down well with our MLAs. As our MLAs feel that BJP did not give us due respect, why should we attend the oath-taking ceremony?" Shiv Sena MP Vinayak Raut told reporters yesterday. Maharashtra will on Friday get its first BJP government when Devendra Fadnavis will be sworn in as the chief minister.

Absent will be Shiv Sena leaders, including party chief Uddhav Thackeray – the erstwhile partner will be boycotting the ceremony because of "constant humiliation" despite talks being held for a possible alliance.

"We have constantly been humiliated by the BJP, which has not gone down well with our MLAs. As our MLAs feel that BJP did not give us due respect, why should we attend the oath-taking ceremony?" Shiv Sena MP Vinayak Raut told reporters yesterday.The news of boycott followed senior BJP leader Rajiv Pratap Rudy's remarks that no Shiv Sena leader will be sworn in as minister on Monday, though talks will continue over a possible tie-up.

"It seems unlikely that any Shiv Sena minister will be sworn in tomorrow. Talks with Sena are on in an amicable atmosphere for a possible tie-up in Maharashtra but there has been no outcome yet," the BJP general secretary said.

Maintaining that BJP was looking forward to a decision soon, he added," This may not happen tomorrow."

Meanwhile, 44-year-old Fadnavis, a fourth-term MLA from Nagpur, will be administered the oath of office by Governor C Vidyasagar Rao at Wankhede Stadium in the presence of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, several of his Cabinet colleagues, chief ministers of BJP-ruled states, corporate leaders, Bollywood stars and other celebrities.

A small Cabinet of about a dozen ministers including state BJP core committee members Eknath Khadse, Sudhir Mungantiwar, Vinod Tawde and Pankaja Munde besides MLAs from Schedule Castes and Scheduled Tribes is also likely to be sworn in.

"A slim and trim government will take oath tomorrow," a BJP leader had said yesterday.

BJP had emerged as the single largest party in the 288-member state Assembly with 122 seats but one of its MLAs Govind Rathod died.

Though technically it will be a minority government until Sena joins it, declared support from 41-member NCP will act as a hedge for the BJP dispensation. It also has the support of several independent MLAs and those from some smaller parties.



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