Maharashtra is going to get its first Thackeray Chief Minister with the Shiv Sena leader Uddhav Thackeray taking oath in a big swearing-in ceremony on Thursday in which around 70,000 will be participated. The swearing-in ceremony will take place at 6:40 pm at Shivaji Park, 23-acre wide park in central Mumbai on Thursday.
Apart from prominent political leaders, the Shiv Sena has also invited 400 farmers, including members of families of agriculturists who committed suicide, to the swearing-in ceremony. As per the understanding between NCP-Congress-Shiv Sena, the deputy chief minister will be from NCP while the speaker from the Congress.
Along with Thackeray, one or two members of each of the three parties will take oath as ministers on Thursday. Sena leader Aaditya Thackeray on Wednesday night met Congress president Sonia Gandhi and is understood to have invited her for his father’s swearing-in ceremony. He also called upon senior Congress leader and former prime minister Manmohan Singh to extend the invitation.
Uddhav Thackeray also invited Prime Minister Narendra Modi to the ceremony, both calling him over phone as well as sending an official invite.
DMK chief MK Stalin has confirmed his presence, while West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee and Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader Arvind Kejriwal will not participate in the ceremony.
Apart from prominent political leaders, the Sena has also invited 400 farmers, including members of families of agriculturists who committed suicide, party MP Vinayak Raut said.
‘Maharashtra Vikas Aghadi’ (MVA), the alliance of BJP-Shiv Sena-Congress will publish a common minimum programme on Thursday itself. NCP chief Sharad Pawar, Sena president Thackeray, and Congress veteran Ahmed Patel were among the leaders who held parleys over the council of ministers and the swearing-in ceremony, to be held at Shivaji Park in Dadar on Thursday evening. Congress general secretary in-charge for Maharashtra Mallikarjun Kharge joined later.