Uddhav Thackeray is all set to swear-in as Chief Minister

Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray and his wife Rashmi Thackeray met Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari in an informal meeting at the Raj Bhavan in Mumbai. Their meeting comes ahead of the swearing-in as the Chief Minister of Maharashtra, scheduled for Thursday evening.

Shiv Sena president Uddhav Thackeray would administer oath as chief minister at Shivaji Park in Mumbai’s Dadar area.

Shiv Sena-NCP-Congress alliance yesterday evening elected Uddhav Thackeray as its nominee for Chief Minister’s post, following which their leaders met the Governor and staked claim to form government of the “Maharashtra Vikas Aghadi”. The leaders submitted a letter claiming support of 166 MLAs to the governor.

Thackeray will have to become a member of the Maharashtra Assembly or the Legislative Council within six months of taking oath as Chief Minister. The Sena chief, who has never contested an election, is likely to take the Council route.

The Bombay High Court today raised security concerns over the swearing-in ceremony and said holding such functions at a public ground should not become a regular feature.

Earlier today, the pro-tem Speaker Kalidas Kolambkar administered the oath to 282 MLAs out of the 288-members in the House in a special assembly session called by Governor Koshyari following the Supreme Court’s order. Six-MLAs could not be sworn-in today as they were not present during the session.

The BJP-led government, which was formed in a midnight coup with the support of NCP leader Ajit Pawar on November 23, collapsed after Pawar stepped down citing personal reasons as deputy chief minister following which Devendra Fadnavis, too, resigned as the chief minister.