Nagpur News: It’s official now. After days of strong speculation over Maharashtra Chief Minister’s post after BJP secured decisive position in the recently concluded assembly elections, the party has finally decided to choose the man who was most likely to serve the post. On Tuesday, BJP’s serving State President and elected MLA from South West Nagpur assembly constituency Devendra Fadnavis has been elected as party’s Chief Minister pick. Fadnavis will be sworn in at the post on October 31 at Mumbai’s famous Wankhede stadium.
Announcement of his name to the top post unleashed a wave of cheers among his supporters in Nagpur.
Now all the party MLAs will be meeting state’s Governor C Vidyasagar Rao later and stake a claim to form the government.
With the verdict finally out, Fadnavis will add to his credentials, the distinction of being the first BJP leader to become the chief minister of Maharashtra. The decision on his appointment was taken at the BJP legislature party meeting on Tuesday in Mumbai.
Fadnavis, was elected for the CM’s post in the presence of the central observers, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh and party general secretary JP Nadda.
On October 20, Fadnavis won the Maharashtra Assembly polls handsomely from Nagpur South West constituency and was tipped for the post. But bids for the CM’s post from former Leader of Opposition in the state assembly Eknath Khadse, and Parli constituency winner Pankaja Munde added a twist to the race.
BJP leader Nitin Gadkari, who’s also from Vidarbha, was also in contention for the post till he opted out saying he wanted to continue his work at the Centre.