A total of 25 MLAs took oath as Cabinet Ministers and 10 as Ministers of State in Maharashtra on Monday. NCP leader Ajit Pawar took the oath as Deputy CM, while former Maharashtra CM Ashok Chavan from Congress took oath as a Cabinet Minister. Shiv Sena leader and CM Uddhav Thackeray's son Aaditya Thackeray was also included in the Cabinet.
This is for the fourth time that Ajit Pawar, 60, nephew of NCP supremo Sharad Pawar, has become the Deputy Chief Minister. Last month, Ajit had joined hands with BJP’s Devendra Fadnavis in an overnight coup to grab the deputy CM’s chair. He later resigned and returned to the NCP fold. The Cabinet expansion in Maharashtra is taking place over a month after the Maha Vikas Aghadi government took charge under the leadership of Shiv Sena president Uddhav Thackeray.
Governor BS Koshyari administered the oath of office and secrecy to the new ministers in the Vidhan Bhavan precinct. The state now has 43 ministers, including the CM. Maharashtra can have a maximum of 43 ministers. The size of the council of ministers cannot exceed 15 percent of the total number of MLAs, which is 288 in the state.