Bharatiya Janata Party’s Maharashtra unit head Devendra Fadnavis was on Friday sworn in as the Chief Minister of Maharashtra along with nine other ministers. Addressing media personnel after his swearing-in ceremony, Fadnavis said that his whole focus is on development of the state and right to service is one of his key objectives.
“My whole focus is on the development of the state. Complacency exhibited while working in any department will not be acceptable anymore,” Fadnavis said.
Fadnavis also said that each department will have to prepare a list of the work that they are responsible for. “I expect a presentation from every ministry in order to understand the objectives of the same,” he said.
Aiming for a more transparent and efficient system of governance in Maharashtra, Fadnavis said, “There is a lot of expectations from us, we understand the responsibility.”
44-year-old Fadnavis was administered the oath of office and secrecy by Governor C Vidyasagar Rao in a grand function at Wankhede Stadium attended, among others, by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, several of his Cabinet colleagues, Chief Ministers of BJP-ruled states and those governed by allies.
Apart from Fadnavis, seven Cabinet Ministers and two Ministers of State also took oath.
Former ally Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray, whose party had decided to boycott the event citing “constant humiliation” by BJP during talks for formation of a coalition government, attended after a last minute call by party President Amit Shah, amid indications of a possible rapprochement between the two estranged Hindutva parties.
All eyes were on Modi and Uddhav, who shook hands and exchanged pleasantries.