New Delhi, Nov 28: After fierce post-poll battle between Sena leadership and the BJP and as Uddhav Thackeray made history becoming 'first Thackeray' to occupy an elected office, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday wasted no time in congratulating the new Chief Minister of Maharashtra.
"Congratulations to Uddhav Thackeray Ji on taking oath as the CM of Maharashtra," Prime Minister tweeted within minutes the grand swearing in ceremony at the Shivaji Park in Mumbai came to a conclusion.
"I am confident he (Mr Uddhav) will work diligently for the bright future of Maharashtra," Mr Modi wrote on the micro blogging site. Earlier, Governor B S Koshyari administered the oath of office and secrecy to the new Chief Minister and his six cabinet colleagues --- two each from Sena, NCP and Congress.
Sena leaders and trusted aides of Uddhav - Eknath Shinde and Subhash Desai, NCP leaders Jayant Patil and Chhagan Bhujbal were also sworn in as the Ministers. Uddhav will be also the third Shiv Sena Chief Minister after Manohor Joshi and Narayan Rane and he is the first Chief Minister from Thackeray family. Amid criticism that Sena has been forced to give up a number of pro-Hindutva issues, Uddhav Thackeray arrived at the grand show in saffron Kurta. Balasaheb Bhausaheb Thorat and Nitin Kashinath Raut of Congress were also administered oath as Ministers.
In attendance were DMK chief M K Stalin and Congress leader Ahmed Patel, Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Kamal Nath and NCP stalwart Sharad Pawar.