Senior Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) leader Ajit Pawar was sworn in as the Deputy Chief Minister of Maharashtra, along with 25 cabinet ministers and 10 Ministers of State on Monday in the presence of Governor Bhagat Singh Koshiyari.
Of the 25 cabinet berths, eight have been allotted to the Congress, nine to the NCP, seven to the Shiv Sena and one to Independent MLA Shankarrao Gadakh. Ashok Chavan, Dilip Walse Patil, Dhanajay Munde, Nawab Malik, Amit Deshmukh, Balasaheb Patil and Aaditya Thackeray are among those sworn in as Cabinet ministers.
Meanwhile, ten MLAs were sworn in as Ministers of State — four from NCP, three from Shiv Sena, two from Congress and one Independent legislator Bachchu Kadu.
The oath-taking ceremony and expansion of Shiv Sena president and Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray’s cabinet comes over a month after the Shiv Sena, NCP and Congress decided to join hands to form a coalition government in Maharashtra, bringing to an end an imbroglio that started with the declaration of poll results on 24 October.
Here is a list of the ministers sworn in today:
|Deputy CM||Ajit Pawar||NCP|
|Cabinet Minister||Ashok Chavan||Congress|
|Cabinet Minister||Dilip Walse Patil||NCP|
|Cabinet Minister||Dhanajay Munde||NCP|
|Cabinet Minister||Vijay Wadettiwar||Congress|
|Cabinet Minister||Anil Deshmukh||NCP|
|Cabinet Minister||Hasan Mushrif||NCP|
|Cabinet Minister||Varsha Gaikwad||Congress|
|Cabinet Minister||Rajendra Shingane||NCP|
|Cabinet Minister||Nawab Malik||NCP|
|Cabinet Minister||Rajesh Tope||NCP|
|Cabinet Minister||Sunil Kedar||Congress|
|Cabinet Minister||Sanjay Rathod||Shiv Sena|
|Cabinet Minister||Gulabrao Patil||Shiv Sena|
|Cabinet Minister||Amit Deshmukh||Congress|
|Cabinet Minister||Dada Bhuse||Shiv Sena|
|Cabinet Minister||Jitendra Awhad||NCP|
|Cabinet Minister||Sandipan Bhumre||Shiv Sena|
|Cabinet Minister||Balasaheb Patil||NCP|
|Cabinet Minister||Yashomati Thakur||Congress|
|Cabinet Minister||Anil Parab||Shiv Sena|
|Cabinet Minister||Uday Samant||Shiv Sena|
|Cabinet Minister||KC Padvi||Congress|
|Cabinet Minister||Shankarrao Gadakh||Independent|
|Cabinet Minister||Aslam Shaikh||Congress|
|Cabinet Minister||Aaditya Thackeray||Shiv Sena|
|Minister of State||Abdul Sattar||Shiv Sena|
|Minister of State||Bunty Patil||Congress|
|Minister of State||Shambhuraje Desai||Shiv Sena|
|Minister of State||Bachchu Kadu||Independent|
|Minister of State||Vishwajit Kadam||Congress|
|Minister of State||Dattatray Bharne||NCP|
|Minister of State||Aditi Tatkare||NCP|
|Minister of State||Sanjay Bansode||NCP|
|Minister of State||Prajakt Tanpure||NCP|
|Minister of State||Rajendra Patil Yedravkar||Shiv Sena|
According to the power-sharing formula agreed on by the three parties, the Shiv Sena would have 16 ministers (apart from chief minister), NCP 14 and the Congress 12.
Uddhav was sworn in as chief minister on 28 November, along with Balasaheb Thorat and Nitin Raut of the Congress, Eknath Shinde and Subhash Desai of the Shiv Sena and Jayant Patil and Chhagan Bhujbal of the NCP. The Congress has also got the Speaker's post, held by Sakoli MLA Nana Patole, who was elected unanimously on 1 December.
The BJP and Sena, which fought the Assembly polls as allies, had secured a majority by winning 105 and 56 seats respectively in the 288-member Assembly. However, Sena broke the three-decade-long alliance with the BJP after the latter rejected the former’s demand to share the chief minister's post.
Ajit Pawar had attempted a coup within the NCP by joining hands with the BJP and taking oath as the deputy of Devendra Fadnavis last month, but the government had only lasted 80 hours. He quit shortly before a Maharashtra Assembly floor test ordered by the Supreme Court.
Maharashtra can have a maximum of 43 ministers. The size of council of ministers cannot exceed 15 percent of the total number of MLAs in the state, which is 288.
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Updated Date: Dec 31, 2019 07:26:40 IST