The Chief Minister, Mr. Uddhav Thackeray, on Sunday reaffirmed his allegiance to ‘Hindutva’ ideology and vowed to never leave it and lauded the former chief minister.
'I have learnt a lot of things from Devendra Fadvanis and I will always be friends with him. I am still with the ideology of 'Hindutva' and won't ever leave it. In the past five years, I've never betrayed the government, he said while addressing the members of the House.
The Speaker, Mr. Nana Patole, who was also elected unopposed after the BJP pulled out its nominee, announced the name of Mr. Fadnavis for the position amid applause from lawmakers of the ‘Maha Vikas Aghadi’ government.
Mr. Patole said the BJP was accorded with the status of the Opposition party with Mr. Fadnavis as its leader in the House. Mr. Patole was elected after Kisan Kathore, the BJP nominee for the position of Speaker, withdrew his nomination. With the latest appointments, the Maharashtra Assembly can finally carry out the business after a month of political turmoil.
'I am a lucky CM because those who opposed me are now with me and those who I was with are now on the opposite side. I am here with my luck and blessings of people. I have never told anyone that I will be coming here but I came,' Mr. Thackeray said.
During oath-taking ceremony, Uddhav appeared in a safforn kurta and thousands of Shiv Sena workers raised saffron flag to express their happiness over getting a Thackeray Chief Minister for Maharashtra. Many political observers also interpreted this as an open statement of Sena’s ‘Hindutva’ ideology.