On Monday, NCP leader Ajit Pawar was sworn in as the Deputy Chief Minister of Maharashtra during the expansion of the Council of Ministers headed by Uddhav Thackeray. Pawar was sworn in for the second time in a month.
Earlier, Pawar was sworn in as deputy CM on November 23 after rebelling against the NCP and joining hands with the BJP. However, he resigned on 26 November, causing the three-day Devendra Fadnavis government to collapse.
Apart from Pawar, former Maharashtra Chief Minister and senior Congress leader Ashok Chavan were also sworn in as a cabinet minister in the Thackeray-led government on Monday. NCP leader and former Assembly Speaker Dilip Valse Patil, former Leader of Opposition in the Legislative Council Dhananjay Munde and former LOP Vijay Videttivar were also sworn in.
Governor BS Koshyari administered the oath of office and secrecy to the new ministers in the Vidhan Bhavan (state legislature) complex. Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray and NCP supremo Sharad Pawar were present at the swearing-in ceremony.