My government will complete its tenure: Maharashtra CM Eknath Shinde

Eknath Shinde, who became the Chief Minister of Maharashtra, expressed confidence of completing his term and even winning the next election in alliance with the BJP.

Shinde, who was addressing a press conference along with BJP Deputy Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, also said that a decision regarding the expansion of the Maharashtra Council of Ministers will be taken in Mumbai next week.

Eknath Shinde rejected his predecessor Uddhav Thackeray’s call for mid-term polls, saying the state government was strong and enjoyed the support of 164 MLAs in the House of 288, while the opposition had just 99.

“It is very clear. The chief minister is the leader. We will work towards making this government a success,” Fadnavis said.

Meanwhile, amid Eknath Shinde revolt, the BJP had promised not to target Shiv Sena president Uddhav Thackeray and his family, a spokesperson of the rebel Shiv Sena faction claimed here on Saturday. Rebel Shiv Sena MLA Deepak Kesarkar told reporters here that BJP leader Kirit Somaiya, who often accused the previous Thackeray-led government in Maharashtra of corruption, told him that he was unaware of this “understanding”. Kesarkar and some other rebel MLAs had earlier disagreed on the continuation of Somaiya’s attack against Thackeray.

On Friday, Thackeray had alleged that the rebel Shiv Sena MLAs kept silence when the BJP was blaming him and his family.

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