Maharashtra Cabinet expansion: Ajit Pawar takes oath as Deputy CM, Aaditya Thackeray becomes minister

Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) leader Ajit Pawar was on Monday sworn in as Maharashtra’s deputy chief minister as CM Uddhav Thackeray expanded his Cabinet.

Ajit Pawar was administered the oath of office by Governor B.S. Koshyari.

This will be the second time in two months Ajit had taken oath as deputy. Last month when he joined hands with the BJP, he took oath as the deputy of Devendra Fadnavis, However, the government had only lasted for 80 hours.

Another big name who took oath as minister is Maharashtra cabinet was Uddhav Thackeray’s son and Shiv Sena MLA Aaditya Thackeray.

The BJP and Shiv Sena, which fought the assembly elections in alliance, had secured 105 and 56 seats, respectively, a comfortable majority to form the government.

However, the state witnessed a political crisis after the Sena broke its ties with the BJP over sharing of chief minister’s post.

Then, Shiv Sena joined hands with the NCP and Congress to form a government.