Mumbai, Nov 28: Bringing an end to fierce post-polls political one-upmanship in Maharashtra and after the quick fall of BJP-led coalition regime with one NCP rebel within days, Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray on Thursday was sworn in as the new Chief Minister of the western state.
Amid criticism that Sena has been forced to give up a number of pro-Hindutva issues including Ram Mandir at Ayodhya, Uddhav Thackeray arrived at the grand show in a saffron Kurta.
Uddhav will be the 'first Thackeray' to occupy any elected office and the third Sena Chief Minister after Manohor Joshi and Narayan Rane.
He will be heading a supposed to be secular 'Maha Vikas Aghadi' coalition government of Sena, NCP led by Sharad Pawar and of the Congress party.
Governor B S Koshyari, who came under attack lately for swearing in BJP leader Devendra Fadnavis, administered the oath of office and secrecy to the new Chief Minister and six of his cabinet colleagues.
Congress leaders Sonia Gandhi and Rahul gave the grand occasion a miss though in separate letters they congratulated Uddhav.
Sena leaders and trusted aides of Uddhav - Eknath Shinde and Subhash Desai, NCP leaders Jayant Patil and Chhagan Bhujbal and Congress leaders Balasaheb Bhausaheb Thorat and Nitin Kashinath Raut were also sworn in as the Ministers at a grand function at the historic Shivaji Park in central Mumbai.
In attendance were DMK chief M K Stalin and Congress leaders Ahmed Patel, Kamal Nath and NCP stalwart Sharad Pawar.
The NCP chief and former state Chief Minister Pawar is credited for being the 'Chanakya' of the occasion as it has been his salutary efforts that contributed immensely to take out Sena out of the NDA combine and stitch alliance with Congress and NCP.
"We will see how far their 3-wheeler cart go. Only Sharad Pawarji is keeping this unnatural alliance together," said BJP leader Poonam Mahajan. (UNI)