Ten Cabinet ministers, five each from Shiv Sena and BJP, sworn-in as Devendra Fadnavis expands his ministry in Maharashtra on Friday.
The reunion of the two parties, which snapped ties just before Assembly polls in October, is expected to provide greater stability with the strength of the alliance now being 183 — well past the halfway mark of 144 in the Assembly.
The two parties agreed to extend their partnership to jointly fighting polls to local bodies starting from March next year.
Evoking the ideological similarities that held the two parties together for the last 25 years, Fadnavis Thursday said, “The decision to come together was to respect the sentiments and mandate of the people of Maharashtra.” The decision paves the way for a new poll partnership for the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) elections scheduled for 2017.
Elections to several other municipal corporations including Thane, Navi Mumbai and others across the state will begin from March 2015.