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Security beefed up outside Matoshree ahead of oath-taking; hoardings-banners installed welcoming new govt


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Elaborate security arrangements were seen outside Matoshree, the bungalow of Uddhav Thackeray, who is set to sworn-in as 18th Chief Minister of Maharashtra today evening.
Security was also beefed up outside Silver Oak, the residence of NCP chief Shard Pawar.
Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray will be sworn-in as the Chief Minister of Maharashtra at a grand ceremony at Shivaji Park. Uddhav will be the first member from the Thackeray family to become the chief minister and the third Shiv Sena leader to hold the top post after Manohar Joshi and Narayan Rane.
He will be leading a government of the Maha Vikas Aghadi, an alliance of Shiv Sena, Nationalist Congress Party (NCP), and Congress.
Meanwhile, hoardings welcoming the new government in Maharashtra and party flags of Shiv Sena and Congress were put up on the stretch from Dadar TT to Shivaji Park.
Thackeray's oath-taking follows weeks of political uncertainty and changing political equations with NCP chief Sharad Pawar's nephew Ajit supporting BJP and being sworn-in as the deputy chief minister.
This comes after BJP's Devendra Fadnavis and Ajit stepped down as Chief Minister and Deputy Chief Minister on Monday evening after the Supreme Court ordered a floor test in the 288-member Assembly the next day.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi, his predecessor Manmohan Singh, Congress president Sonia Gandhi and about 400 farmers from various districts are among the people who have been invited for the oath-taking ceremony scheduled to be held at 6:40 pm today.
Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel and his Madhya Pradesh counterpart Kamal Nath will also attend the swearing-in ceremony.
On Tuesday, Thackeray was unanimously elected as the leader of the tri-party alliance.Soon after the October 24 results, Shiv Sena demanded rotation of the chief minister's post and equal power-sharing in the NDA government, something rejected by the ally BJP. The weeks of political stalemate led to the imposition of President's rule on November 13.
Firm on its demands, Sena, the second-largest party in the state, did not hesitate to cobble up with the ideological opponents -- NCP and Congress -- and was given the chief minister's post.

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First Published: Nov 28 2019 | 9:39 AM IST

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