Mumbai: Ajit Pawar, a senior leader of Nationalist Congress Party took oath as the Deputy of Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray today – almost after a month he had aligned with the BJP and became the deputy of Devendra Fadnavis. Maharashtra Cabinet also includes CM Uddhav Thackeray’s son Aaditya Thackeray, who is taking oath along with 34 other legislators.
Ten of the 36 MLAs given ministerial berths belong to the Congress. Uddhav Thackeray said the portfolio allocation will be done in a “day or two”. In November, Ajit Pawar broke relations with his party to ally with the BJP and took oath along with Mr. Fadnavis in an early morning surprise ceremony, thus ending the President’s rule imposed in Maharashtra. But he quit hours before Supreme Court-ordered floor test, ending the BJP’s dramatic 80-hour race to seize power.
While the ministerial portfolios are not yet announced, according to sources Aaditya Thackeray will be offered the environment or the education portfolio. Former Chief Minister Ashok Chavan is likely to get the public works department portfolio, sources said.
On November 28, Uddhav Thackeray had taken oath along with six others. Eknath Shinde and Subhash Desai of the Shiv Sena, Balasaheb Thorat and Nitin Raut of Congress, and Jayant Patil and Chhagan Bhujbal of the NCP have been part of the cabinet.