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Uddhav Thackeray stakes claim to form govt in Maharashtra

Thackeray will take oath as the chief minister at 6:40 PM tomorrow

A senior Sena leader, who met the governor along with leaders of the Congress and the NCP, said Thackeray will take oath as the chief minister at 6:40 PM tomorrow at the Shivaji Park in Dadar. Earlier, NCP chief Sharad Pawar had announced at a joint meeting of the three parties that swearing-in of the new government will take place on 1st of December, but the schedule was apparently changed late last night.

Shiv Sena-NCP-Congress combine’s Chief Ministerial candidate Uddhav Thackeray has  staked claim to form government in Maharashtra.

Having been elected as the common nominee of the three parties for the top post, Mr Thackeray last night reached Raj Bhavan to meet Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari and staked claim for the “Maharashtra Vikas Aghadi”.

A senior Sena leader, who met the governor along with leaders of the Congress and the NCP, said Thackeray will take oath as the chief minister at 6:40 PM tomorrow at the Shivaji Park in Dadar. Earlier, NCP chief Sharad Pawar had announced at a joint meeting of the three parties that swearing-in of the new government will take place on 1st of December, but the schedule was apparently changed late last night.

According to a statement by Raj Bhavan, the Governor, in a letter addressed to Uddhav Thackeray, said he has noted that Maharashtra Vikas Aghadi has won 166 number of elected members. It further added that since Uddhav is not a member of Maharashtra legislature, he will have to become a member within six months after taking oath as the Chief Minister.

The decision to elect Uddhav Thackeray as nominee for Chief Minister’s post was taken at a joint meeting of the three parties at a suburban hotel in Mumbai yesterday, hours after the four-day-old BJP government led by Devendra Fadnavis and supported by NCP’s Ajit Pawar collapsed. The leaders of the three parties submitted a letter claiming support of 166 MLAs to the governor.

A special session of the Maharashtra Legislative Assembly began in Mumbai this morning to administer oath to members in the 288-member House. Pro tem Speaker Kalidas Kolambkar is administering the oath to the legislators at the session. NCP MP Supriya Sule greeted MLAs at Vidhan Bhawan entrance before the commencement of the session.

In the House, pro tem Speaker Kalidas Kolambar announced Babanrao Pachpute, Vijaykumar Gavit and Radhakrishna Vikhe Patil as the presiding officers for administering oath of the members. Presiding officers Pachpute and Gavit were the first to take oath followed by caretaker chief minister Devendra Fadnavis.

NCP leaders Ajit Pawar, Chhagan Bhujbal, Congress leaders and former chief ministers Ashok Chavan, Prithviraj and former speakers Dilip Walse Patil (NCP) and Haribhau Bagade (BJP) were among the members to take oath early. Names of members were called out on basis of seniority. Kalidas Kolambkar was appointed pro tem Speaker by Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari last evening.

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