Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party will now form government in Mumbai’s home state with a faction of the regional Shiv Sena party, which surprised analysts by tying up with ideologically opposed parties such as the Congress after the 2019 state elections to oust the BJP. .
Both the BJP and the Shiv Sena have the support of the predominantly Hindu community.
Shiv Sena’s breakaway faction chief Eknath Shinde will take oath as the chief minister on Thursday, though the BJP has more seats in the state assembly.
“It is a natural alliance with the BJP,” said Shinde, who was sitting next to former Maharashtra BJP chief minister Devendra Fadnavis.
Maharashtra sends the most MPs to parliament after the northern state of Uttar Pradesh, which is ruled by the BJP, and ruling back in the state could boost the party’s spirit as it heads towards 2024.
Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray, who has now parted ways, resigned from the chief minister’s post late on Wednesday.