Newly sworn-in Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray on Thursday held his first Cabinet meeting at Sahyadri Guest House in Mumbai. The meeting was attended by six ministers - Shiv Sena’s Eknath Shinde and Subhash Desai, NCP’s Chhagan Bhujbal and Jayant Patil and Congress' Balasaheb Thorat and Nitin Raut - who had also taken the oath during Thackeray’s swearing-in ceremony.
Uddhav Thackeray heads the 'Maharashtra Vikas Aghadi' coalition government of the Shiv Sena, the Congress and the NCP. NCP chief Sharad Pawar's nephew Ajit and Uddhav Thackeray's son Aditya along with other senior members of the three parties were also present during the meeting.
Mumbai: Maharashtra CM Uddhav Thackeray at Sahyadri Guest House before commencement of state government's first cabinet meeting. pic.twitter.com/ED4jksaTxV— ANI (@ANI) November 28, 2019
Earlier in the day, Uddhav Thackeray had taken oath as the 19th Maharashtra chief minister, heading an unlikely alliance with the Congress and NCP, in a glittering ceremony at Mumbai’s Shivaji Park. The 59-year-old is the third Sena leader and first from the Thackeray family to occupy the post. His father Bal Thackeray wielded the 'remote control' over the first Sena-BJP government during 1995-99 but never assumed a position in the government.
Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari administered oath to the saffron-clad Thackeray and six ministers at the sprawling Shivaji Park, venue of the Sena’s Dussehra rallies. Those present at the ceremony included NCP chief Sharad Pawar, Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Kamal Nath, senior Congress leaders Ahmed Patel and Mallikarjun Kharge, MNS chief Raj Thackeray and DMK leader MK Stalin.