Mumbai: Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray on Thursday 28 November 2019 took oath as the 18th chief minister of Maharashtra. He leads the Maharashtra Vikas Aghadi, an alliance of Nationalist Congress Party, Shiv Sena and Congress.
Just before the oath taking ceremony, the Shiv Sena-NCP-Congress alliance announced the common minimum programme and pledged to uphold secular values.
The common munimum programme states: “On contentious issues of national importance as well as state importance having repurcussions or consequences on secular fabric of the nation, the Shiv Sena, the NCP and the Congres will take a joint view after holding consultaions and arriving at a consensus.”
Congress President Sonia Gandhi said in a message to Uddhav Thackeray: “Shiv Sena, NCP and the Congress have come together under quite extraordinary circumstances at a rtime when the country faces unprecedented threats from the BJP.”
Ahead of his swearing-in Uddhav Thackeray resigned as Editor of Saamna , the Shiv Sena mouthpiece
Thackeray started his political career as campaign incharge of Shiv Sena in Brihan Mumbai Municipal Corporation elections in 2002. In 2003 he was appointed as working president of Shiv Sena. Uddhav took over as chief editer of party mouthpiece Saamna.His cousin Raj Thackeray left Shiv Sena in 2006 to form his own party named Maharashtra Navnirman Sena. After demise of his father Bal Thackeray in 2012 he led the party and got elected as Shiv Sena president in 2013. Under his leadership Shivsena joined NDA government in Maharashtra in 2014.