Ajit Pawar to return as Deputy CM of Maharashtra: Report
Mumbai : Nationalist Congress Party (NCP)'s Ajit Pawar will be returning as the Deputy Chief Minister of Maharashtra, this time for Uddhav Thackeray, a report said on Thursday, hours before the Shiv Sena-NCP-Congress government's oath ceremony.
Ajit Pawar will not be taking oath on Thursday when Uddhav Thackeray will be sworn in as Chief Minister along with six ministers at Mumbai's Shivaji Park.
"I am not be taking oath today. Today six leaders will be taking oath from each party," Ajit Pawar said after meeting with his uncle Sharad Pawar.
On whether he would be Deputy Chief Minister again, he said: "There is no decision yet. The party will decide".
Two days ago, he had resigned from the same post of the BJP-led Devendra Fadnavis government, which collapsed after failing to reach a majority.
The BJP, which is 40 members short of a majority in the Maharashtra assembly, had banked on Ajit Pawar to bring in NCP MLAs. But almost all NCP lawmakers remained with Sharad Pawar.
The Supreme Court later ruled floor test in the Maharashtra Assembly, following which first resigned Ajit Pawar then Devendra Fadnavis submitted his resignation.