Headlines December 31, 2019
Ajit Pawar is back as Maharashtra deputy CM
Ajit Pawar and Aaditya Thackeray, son of Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray were among a group of 34 MLAs to take charge in Maharashtra on Monday. Pawar is a senior leader of Sharad Pawar-led Nationalist Congress Party. He took oath as the Deputy of Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray.
This is more than a month after Pawar sided with the BJP and became the deputy of former Maharashtra chief minister Devendra Fadnavis. He quit hours before a Supreme Court-ordered floor test, ending the BJP’s dramatic
Congress’s Vijay Vadettivar, Varsha Gaikwad, senior NCP leader and Pankaja Munde‘s cousin Dhananjay Munde, Anil Deshmukh were among those to take oath. Besides Aaditya, senior NCP leader and MP Sunil Tatkare’s daughter Aditi – a first-time MLA – has also been found a place in the Council of Ministers
All the three parties have tried to balance out regional and caste dynamics in picking the new ministers.
Thackeray had taken oath as chief minister on 28 November along with six other ministers, two each from three parties forming the Maharashtra Vikas Aghadi.
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