New Delhi: As Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray expanded his Cabinet on Monday, Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) leader Ajit Pawar took oath as the Deputy Chief Minister of the state, the post that he held for 80 hours in an alliance with the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).
Besides, Chief Minister’s son and Shiv Sena MLA from Worli Aaditya Thackeray also took oath as one of the ministers in the state. Aaditya won his maiden election from Worli with a margin of over 65,000 votes against NCP’s Suresh Mane. He was the first from the Thackeray clan to contest polls.
The Cabinet expansion comes 32 days after Uddhav Thackeray was sworn in as Chief Minister of a coalition comprising the Shiv Sena, NCP and Congress parties, known as Maha Vikas Aghadi. Currently the ministry comprises of seven members apart from the Chief Minister.
A total of 36 ministers were inducted in Maharashtra Cabinet which has strength of 42 MLAs. On November 28, two each from NCP and Congress and Shiv Sena had taken oath along with CM Thackeray.
As per the power-sharing formula between the three parties, the Sena, with 56 MLAs, hold the CM’s post besides 15 other ministerial berths. The NCP, with 54 MLAs, has the Deputy CM’s position and 13 ministerial berths, while the Congress, with 44 MLAs, will hold the Assembly Speaker’s post and 12 ministerial positions.
Among the 12 Congress leaders, who were inducted as ministers were Ashok Chavan (Cabinet), Ashok Chavan (Cabinet) Amit Deshmukh (Cabinet) Aslam Shaikh (Cabinet) Yashomati Thakur (Cabinet) Varsha Gaikwad (Cabinet) Sunil Kedar (Cabinet) KC Padvi (Cabinet) Vijay Wadettiwar (Cabinet) Vishvajit Kadam (MoS) and Satej Patil (MoS).
Maharashtra Governor BS Koshyari administered the oath to the new team in the Maharashtra Legislature precinct.