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Chief Minister Eknath Shinde – New CM Of Maharashtra Amongst The Political Turmoil

Chief Minister Eknath Shinde
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The week-long cyclonic disturbance in the Maharashtra state came to an end when Uddhav Thackeray resigned from the post of Chief Minister on the 29th of June, 2022. This article will share the details about the new CM of Maharashtra; Chief Minister Eknath Shinde. But, who is Eknath Shinde? Before we proceed further, here is all you must know about Eknath Shinde.

Eknath Shinde As New CM And Devendra Fadnavis As Deputy CM

The group of 50 MLAs led by a rebel leader Eknath Shinde walked out of the coalition government formed by the alliance of Shiv Sena and NCP. Uddhav Thackeray was alleged of ignoring the Shiv Sena MLAs by allying with NCP as they demanded the end of the alliance. 

In a press conference, Eknath Shinde announced that he has the support of 50 MLAs with him. To which Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari ordered the state government to prove its majority. Shiv Sena Government failed to prove its majority, forcing Thackeray to resign. To everyone’s surprise, instead of himself, Devendra Fadnavis announced Eknath Shinde as the new CM of Maharashtra and made himself the Deputy CM.  

Who Is Eknath Shinde: Early Life And Political Career

The new Chief Minister of Maharashtra, Eknath Shinde was born on the 9th of February, 1964 in Satara, Maharashtra. Shinde was an auto driver before joining politics. The drastic turn of events leading to the death of his two children led him to depression which he was helped by Anand Dighe to overcome the loss. Dighe introduced him to politics and after Dighe’s death, Shinde continued his legacy. 

  • His continuous dedication to the party allowed him to participate in the election which he ultimately won. 
  • He got chosen as the TMC leader in 2001. 
  • Under the able guidance of Balasaheb Thackeray, he won the assembly election with a majority in 2004.
  • His mind-blowing tactics allowed him to win consequent assembly elections in 2009, 2014 and 2019.
  • In 2014, he was chosen as the leader of the legislative party of Shiv Sena.
  • He took oath as the minister of the Public Works Department and additional responsibility of the Health and Welfare Ministry in January 2019.

Maharashtra’s new Chief Minister Eknath Shinde is married to Lata Shinde and has a son, Shrikant Shinde, an orthopaedic surgeon. Shrikant Shinde got elected as a member of parliament to the Lok Sabha from the Kalyan constituency. His other two children drowned in an accident before he started his political life.

Also Read – Maharashtra Congress States That Alliance With Shiv Sena Is Not Permanent

From An Autorickshaw Driver To Chief Minister Eknath Shinde

The new CM of Maharashtra, Eknath Shinde has set a course of the long journey to finally reach here and establish himself as the chief minister of Maharashtra. The latest week-long turmoil created turbulence in the state. Former CM Uddhav Thackeray’s behaviour by continuously ignoring the need of their party MLAs led the opposition to take a shot in the matter. 

New CM of Maharashtra

The BJP government didn’t want to stay out of power because it kept an eye on the events and at the right time pulled the cards. Chief Minister Eknath Shinde who passionately followed the Hindutva and respected the ideology of Balasaheb Thackeray, could not bear the MVA coalition government. 

Also Read – Uddhav Thackeray – The Unflappable Leader

After several suggestions, he along with 50 other MLAs first moved to Surat and then travelled to Guwahati in opposition to Thackeray’s ideology. BJP supported Shinde and the other 50 MLAs by offering their alliance and forming Shinde’s government in Maharashtra. Eknath Shinde took oath on the 30th of June,2022 as the new CM of Maharashtra while Devendra Fadnavis was sworn to be the Deputy CM.

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