Maharashtra is all set to see a new political era. BJP is all prepared to form a minority government. It has 123 members in the house. To form the government in the 288-member assembly, BJP needs the support of at least 145 members. With 63 MLAs, Sena is the second largest party in the house. On the other hand, Shiv Sena went too rigid with BJP over its own demands. When Pawar played his support card to BJP, Uddhav too offered his unconditional support. Shiv Sena’s politics of over 45 years will be destroyed tomorrow? After ruling Mumbai Municipal Corporation for many years, Shiv Sena was dreaming to rule the state, but BJP has ruined its dream and turned it into a nightmare. Sena must sense and read the writings on the wall. They should understand that pointing gun always on PM Narendra Modi and CM to be, all the time, will not work. BJP is ready to form a minority government and whoever joins hands for help with an intention for midterm poll will be finished politically. The people have given verdict for BJP-Sena government, please respect the people’s verdict or be ready to commit suicide politically. In the meantime, most arrogant and rude, MNS leader Raj Thackeray is still in shocking state. He is yet to overcome the idea of being disowned by Maharashtrians, his own ‘Marathi Manoos’. There are rumours that Raj’s wife Sharmila Thackeray is looking after party’s affairs these days. Maharashtra Navnirman Sena completely came to ‘The End’. There was growing frustration within the Sena which has been kept on hold by the BJP ever since the election results. Many in the party feel the BJP is set to humiliate them and is not serious about striking an alliance. However, the party welcomed the BJP’s statement. Following the Maharashtra state assembly results, the Sena president Uddhav Thackeray had said that his party will extend support to the BJP only after the assurance of united Maharashtra. The Sena is against the division of the state by forming a new statehood of Vidarbha. The state BJP leadership however is in favour of a new state.
BJP’s CM candidate is decided; Devendra Fadnavis would be leading BJP government in Maharashtra. While Sudhir Mungantiwar, who had started the debate last week by bringing up his mentor and Union minister Nitin Gadkari’s name, once again called Gadkari the unanimous choice of the state unit. In Jalgaon, Eknath Khadse’s supporters took out a morcha demanding his elevation to the top post. BJP’s leaders had a tug of war over all the contenders for chief ministers’ post but they finalised on Fadnavis’s name. The swearing-in ceremony is expected on October 31 at Wankhede Stadium. Modi may attend the event. In a move to mend differences with the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), the Shiv Sena on Monday announced that it will support any leader from the BJP who will be given the task to lead the state. The party even toned down its aggressive stand against the division of Maharashtra, which is said to be on the BJP’s agenda.
Devendra was born in a middle class Deshastha Brahmin family. His father, Gangadharrao Fadnavis, was an MLC from Nagpur (first with Jan Sangh, later Janata Party, and BJP) who died of cancer in 1987. His mother, Sarita Fadnavis, belonged to the Kaloti family from Amravati. She was the Director of Vidarbha Housing Credit Society. That’s how the political legacy has come to him by birth. Devendra married Amruta Ranade in 2006. She is a branch manager of Axis Bank in Nagpur. Ranade hails from a non-political family background. Her parents are doctors in Nagpur. Devendra and Amruta have a daughter named Divija. In his childhood, Devendra joined the RSS Shakha at Trikoni Park. Initially, Devendra was RSS karyakarta and then entered in active politics. Presently, he is the president of Maharashtra state unit of Bharatiya Janata Party and MLA from Nagpur. He also served as Mayor of Nagpur. His political career commenced in the early nineties, where he joined the BJP Maharashtra as a ward President, BJYM. Devendra became the youngest municipal corporator of the Nagpur Municipal Corporation at the age of 21 and remained corporator for two consecutive terms, in 1992 and 1997. He was the second youngest mayor elected in India, when he served as the Mayor of Nagpur at the age of 27, in 1997. He is also the only person to be re-elected as the Mayor in Council of the State of Maharashtra. He has been elected Member of the Legislative Assembly of Maharashtra State, representing Nagpur, since 1999. In 2014, with Modi campaign for assembly polls, he came into lime light. Now, he is one of the celebrity politicians of Maharashtra on social network. BJP thought Fadnavis, highly regarded in RSS circles, will be the right choice for leading the state. We all wanted young and dynamic leader to rule this state and Devendra is the right choice. I hope, he will deliver good governance in the state.
All the best, Mr. Chief Minister of Maharashtra.