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Modi’s Party Shares Power in India’s Richest State Maharashtra

  • Shiv Sena’s rebel leader Shinde becomes new chief minister
  • Political chaos follows revolt by ruling coalition members
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Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party will share power to govern India’s richest state of Maharashtra, a senior party member said, a day after the chief minister resigned following a rebellion by lawmakers of his own party.

More than half the legislators of Uddhav Thackeray’s right-wing Shiv Sena have exited his coalition claiming he has deviated from the party’s Hindu nationalist ideology after he snapped a three-decade tie with the BJP. Late Wednesday, Thackeray stepped down as chief minister after the Supreme Court said he would have to prove his majority in the state legislature.