Written by Bella Dalima
31 Oct, 2014 | 10:04 pm
The BJP on Tuesday appointed its Maharashtra Unit Chief, Devendra Fadnavis as the Chief Minister of the Maharashtra Province. The swearing-in ceremony took place at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai on Friday.
MP J. Sri Ranga, the General Secretary of the Citizens’ Front was the only Asian Parliamentarian who was invited to grace the occasion.
The swearing-in ceremony which was held with much pomp and ceremony saw the participation of a number of VIPs including Indian PM Narendra Modi.
Ten of the twenty five cabinet ministers in India were also in attendance at the swearing-in of the new Chief Minister of Maharashtra.
The General Secretary of the Citizens’ Front, MP J. Sri Ranga was also present at the occasion, as the only Asian Parliamentarian in attendance.
More than 2,500 security personnel were deployed in and around the iconic and sprawling cricket ground in South Mumbai.
MP Sri Ranga also met with Fadnavis in private prior to the swearing-in ceremony. MP Sri Ranga visited Fadnavis in his dressing room shortly before he attended the swearing-in ceremony.
MP J. Sri Ranga and the new Chief Minister of Maharashtra state, Devendra Fadnavis, have been close friends since 2009, when the pair participated at the 18th New Generation Seminar organised by the East West Centre.
After successfully leading his party to its largest-ever victory in the state of Maharashtra in the recently concluded Assembly polls, Fadnavis, who is considered to be a confidante of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, emerged as the consensus choice.
At forty four years of age, Devendra Fadnavis, is the youngest Councillor in Maharashtra and is also the first post-independence BJP Chief Minister of the state.
He is the youngest of India’s twenty eight chief ministers and the second youngest to hold the office in India’s post-independence history.
Devendra’s political career started in the early nineties, when he joined the BJP as a ward president of its youth wing. He became the youngest corporate of the Nagpur Municipal Corporation at the age of 21 and the second youngest elected mayor in 1997. He was elected to the Maharashtra Assembly for the first time in 1999.
Devendra Fadnavis won for a fourth time this year. He has bagged several national and international honours, including the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association’s “Best Parliamentarian Award” in 2002-03.
The state of Maharashtra is of special prominence in Indian politics as it is the state that earns the largest revenue and is home to the commercial capital, Mumbai.
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