Maharashtra: Devendra Fadnavis 5th former Chief Minister, who became ‘Junior’; Know which 4 have been ‘demotion’ earlier

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Mumbai. BJP leader Devendra Fadnavis was in no mood to join the government when Shiv Sena’s rebel leader Eknath Shinde announced to become the CM in Maharashtra. But within two hours of his shocking announcement, it became clear that he was ready to become the Deputy CM. In fact, Fadnavis has been the chief minister and now Shinde’s deputy may not have liked him. But this is not the first time that a former Chief Minister in Maharashtra has had to take a junior post. There have been 4 more leaders before Fadnavis, who had to be satisfied with the ministerial post in someone else’s government after stepping down from the chief minister’s chair.

After the resignation of Uddhav Thackeray, on Thursday evening, when former Chief Minister and senior BJP leader Devendra Fadnavis held a press conference with rebel Shiv Sena leader Eknath Shinde, everyone expected that Fadnavis would become the CM and Shinde his deputy. But Fadnavis put forward Shinde’s name for the post of CM, as well as said that he himself would not join the government. Everyone was shocked by this announcement. But shortly after this, BJP President JP Nadda tweeted one after the other and said that Fadnavis is going to join the government showing a big heart and has agreed to become the Deputy CM. Media reports suggest that after Fadnavis announced his stay away from the government, senior party leaders themselves had to come forward and Fadnavis was persuaded to become the Deputy CM.

Fadnavis: First CM, now Deputy CM
Devendra Fadnavis was the Chief Minister of Maharashtra for 5 years from 2014 to 2019. When Shiv Sena’s alliance with BJP broke after the 2019 assembly elections, Fadnavis took oath as the chief minister, showing the support of the faction of NCP MLAs led by Ajit Pawar. But it didn’t last long. He had to resign within three days due to not being able to mobilize sufficient numbers. Now in the Eknath Shinde government, he will play the responsibility of Deputy CM.

Shankarrao Chavan: Had to become finance minister in Pawar government
Even before Devendra Fadnavis, there were four former Chief Ministers, who later held the responsibility of junior posts. According to the Money Control report, in 1975, Congress leader Shankarrao Chavan became the Chief Minister of Maharashtra. He held this position for two years before he was replaced by Vasant Dada Patil. In 1978, the Patil cabinet minister Sharad Pawar toppled the government and himself became the chief minister. In this government of Progressive Democratic Front led by Pawar, Shankarrao Chavan became the Finance Minister.

Nilangkar: Revenue minister in Sushil Shinde government
Shivajirao Patil Nilangkar became the Chief Minister of Maharashtra in 1985. He sat on the CM’s chair from June 1985 to March 1986. After many years, when Sushil Kumar Shinde’s government was formed, Shivajirao Patil was made the Revenue Minister in it.

Narayan Rane: Junior minister in Deshmukh government
The Money Control report states that in 1999, Narayan Rane became the Chief Minister of Maharashtra during his stay in Shiv Sena. His tenure, however, lasted less than a year. Later he left Shiv Sena and joined Congress. He later became the Revenue Minister of Maharashtra in the government of Vilasrao Deshmukh.

Former CM Ashok Chavan later became PWD minister
Congress leader Ashok Chavan was the Chief Minister of Maharashtra between 2008 and 2010. Later in 2019, when the Uddhav Thackeray-led Maha Vikas Aghadi government came to power in an alliance of Congress and NCP, Chavan was made a PWD minister.

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