After being announced as Deputy CM of Maharashtra, Devendra Fadnavis on Thursday became the fifth state politician to accept a junior government position after previously serving as Chief Minister. On Thursday, Fadnavis had announced that Shiv Sena rebel leader Eknath Shinde would be sworn in as Maharashtra’s new chief minister after which his name was also announced as Shinde’s deputy.
Earlier, while announcing Eknath Shinde’s name, Fadvanis said he would not be in the ministry, however, later BJP leader JP Nadda clarified that Fadnavis would be in the government.
Talking about his acceptance to a junior position, Devendra Fadnavis previously served as the CM for five full years from 2014 to 2019. However, after the Shiv Sena had a fallout with the BJP over the Assembly elections of 2019, he was again elected leader. minister with the support of a group of NCP deputies led by Ajit Pawar. However, he had to resign later within three days as they could not put the numbers together.
Former CMs accepting junior positions in Maharashtra government
An example of a former chief minister accepting a junior position in the next government is a rarity, however, Maharashtra has witnessed such a scenario many times in the past.
First, in 1975, Congress Leader Shankarrao Chavan was sworn in as CM and served for two years, however, he was later replaced by Vasantdada Patil. Following this, in 1978, Sharad Pawar, a minister in the Patil cabinet, brought down the government and became the next chief minister.
For this reason, Chavan became Minister of Finance in the Progressive Democratic Front government led by Pawar.
Next, Shivajirao Patil Nilangekar served as Chief Minister of Maharashtra from June 1985 to March 1986, after which he became Minister of Revenue in the Sushilkumar Shinde government in 2004.
Subsequently, Narayan Rane, then with the Shiv Sena, became Chief Minister of Maharashtra in 1999 and served for less than a year. However, after leaving the Sena to join Congress, he was appointed Minister of Revenue in the government led by Vilasrao Deshmukh.
Congress leader Ashok Chavan served as Maharashtra’s chief minister between 2008 and 2010. He later became a member of Uddhav Thackeray’s cabinet in 2019.