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Party supporters want to see me as Maharashtra deputy chief minister says Ajit Pawar

Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray has the authority to decide the allocation of portfolios to the elected representatives

 

MUMBAI| Nationalist Congress Party leader Ajit Pawar on Maharashtra government’s cabinet expansion proclaimed that chief minister Uddhav Thackeray has the authority to decide the allocation of portfolios to the elected representatives.

Ajit Pawar in hush-hush on November 23 taken oath as Deputy Chief Minister of Maharashtra along with Devendra Fadnavis as chief minister after BJP formed government in the state with the support of NCP, however, the Ajit Pawar’s move did not have party supremo Sharad Pawar’s approval.

The matter went into Supreme Court following which a floor test was ordered. A day before the floor test,  Ajit Pawar resigned from their posts after which Devendra Fadnavis had to resign as they did not have the numbers.

On his role in the Shiv Sena-NCP-Congress government, Ajit Pawar said, “I was elected by the people of Baramati and that to work for the development of the people of my constituency”. However, Ajit Pawar mentioned that his party supporters wanted to see him as Maharashtra deputy chief minister but party chief Sharad Pawar will take a decision on it.

Ajit Pawar also did not comment on the clean chit given to him by the Anti-Corruption Bureau of Mumbai in the multi-crore irrigation scam. He also declined to comment on forming the government with Devendra Fadnavis.
As per sources, while the discussion on Government formation was underway Ajit Pawar were to be the Deputy Chief Minister of Maharashtra but following the actions of Ajit Pawar to join hands with BJP the former ally of ShivSena, Pawar’s future to be the Deputy Chief Minister of Maharashtra is questionable.

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