Forty four-year-old Devendra Fadnavis was sworn in as Maharashtra's 28th chief minister on Friday. In an extravagant ceremony in Mumbai’s Wankhede Stadium, usually a venue for cricket matches, Fadnavis took at the oath of office as the Bharatiya Janta Party's first chief minister, along with seven other cabinet ministers and two ministers of state.

The seven cabinet ministers are Sudhir Mungantiwar, Prakash Mehta, Vinod Tawde, Eknath Khadse, Pankaja Munde, Chandrakant Patil and Vishnu Savara. The ministers of state are Vidya Thakur and Dilip Kamble.

In drama that ensued the night before, Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray, whose party has been in alliance talks with the BJP, said he would not attend the ceremony. But two hours before the ceremony on Friday when BJP president Amit Shah called him up and got him to reverse his decision.

It still isn't clear whether the Sena will join or support the BJP, which has only 122 seats in the 288-member Maharashtra assembly. The Sena, its former ally, has 44 seats. Talks about a possible tie-up have been proceeding ever since the election results were announced on October 19, but have so far been inconclusive.
Here are some photos from the event.

(Pictures credit: Sadanand Ghodgerikar via Twitter)


This is what Twitter had to say about the ceremony.