Maharashtra Cabinet expansion Live Updates: Ajit Pawar takes oath as Deputy CM, Aaditya Thackeray gets Cabinet berth

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Updated:Dec 30, 2019 5:07:40 pm

Maharashtra Cabinet expansion portfolio, Uddhav Thackeray ministry list: NCP leader Ajit Pawar on Monday took oath as the Deputy Chief Minister of Maharashtra.

Ajit Pawar, deputy CMAjit Pawar takes oath as Deputy CM of Maharashtra.

Maharashtra Cabinet expansion 2019: Senior Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) leader Ajit Pawar was sworn-in as Deputy Chief Minister of Maharashtra for a record fourth time on Monday. He was administered the oath of office by Governor BS Koshyari in the presence of Maha Vikas Aghadi Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray and other dignitaries. 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. As many as 36 new ministers including Cabinet and Minister of State ranks took oath. 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 council of ministers cannot exceed 15 per cent of the total number of MLAs, which is 288 in the state.

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    14:19 (IST)30 Dec 2019
    Aaditya Thackeray takes oath

    Shiv Sena leader Aaditya Thackeray on Monday took oath as a Cabinet minister in the Maharashtra government. He represents Worli seats.

    13:56 (IST)30 Dec 2019
    Sharad Pawar, Kharge present at Vidhan Bhavan

    NCP supremo Sharad Pawar and Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge are present at the swearing-in ceremony.

    13:34 (IST)30 Dec 2019
    NCP's Dhananjay Munde takes oath

    NCP leaders Dilip Walse Patil, Dhananjay Munde and Congress' Vijay Wadettiwar sworn in as cabinet ministers.

    13:29 (IST)30 Dec 2019
    Maharashtra Cabinet Expansion: Nawab Malik takes oath as minister

    Nationalist Congress Party leader Nawab Malik takes oath as minister in Maharashtra government.

    13:09 (IST)30 Dec 2019
    Congress' Ashok Chavan takes oath

    Senior Congress leader Ashok Chavan on Monday took oath as a Cabinet minister. He had served as the CM of Maharashtra between December 2008 and 9 November 2010.

    13:07 (IST)30 Dec 2019
    Ajit Pawar takes oath as Deputy CM

    Ajit Pawar on Monday took oath as the Deputy Chief Minister of Maharashtra. Pawar had last month 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 party fold.

    12:45 (IST)30 Dec 2019
    Maha Vikas Aghadi power-sharing formula

    According to the power-sharing formula arrived at between the three parties, the Sena, with 56 MLAs, will hold the CM’s post besides 14 other ministerial berths. The NCP, with 54 MLAs, has bagged the Deputy CM’s position and 16 ministerial berths, while the Congress, with 44 MLAs, will hold the Assembly Speaker’s post and 12 ministerial positions.

    12:26 (IST)30 Dec 2019
    Maharashtra Cabinet Expansion Live Updates

    The Maharashtra Legislative Assembly has 288 chairs. As per the Constitution, the total strength of the Cabinet can be a maximum of 42 including the Chief Minister.

    12:23 (IST)30 Dec 2019
    Maharashtra cabinet expansion list

    The complete list of Cabinet Ministers of Maha Vikas Aghadi government is out. The names are: Chief minister Uddhav Thackeray, deputy CM Ajit Pawar, Ashok Chavan, Dilip Walse Patil, Dhananjay Munde, Vijay Wadettiwar, Hasan Mushriff, Anil Deshmukh, Varsha Gaikwad, Nawab Malik, Gulabrao Patik, Amit Deshmukh, Dada Bhuse, Jitendra Awhad, Sandeep Bhumare, Balasaheb Patil, Yashomati Thakur, Anil Parab, Uday Samant, KC Padvi, Shankarrao Gadhak, Aslam Sheikh, Aditya Thackeray, Abdul Sattar, Satej Patil, Shambhuraje Desai,Bachhu Kadu, Vishwajit Kadam, Duttatray Bharne, Aditi Tatkare, Sanjay Bansod, P Tanpure & Rajendra Patil.

    12:22 (IST)30 Dec 2019
    Ashok Chavan to take oath today

    Former CM Ashok Chavan will take oath today. The list, however, doesn't mention the name of Prithviraj Chavan. Prithviraj had also served as the CM between 2010 and 2014. Reports suggest he will be made Maharahtra Congress president, replacing Balasaheb Thorat.

    12:13 (IST)30 Dec 2019
    Maharashtra Cabinet expansion: Oath ceremony to take place at Vidhan Bhavan premises

    Preparations for the swearing-in ceremony, which will take place at the Vidhan Bhavan premises, kept the official machinery busy on Sunday, even as the leadership of the Sena-Congress-NCP were locked in intense deliberations over finalisation of the names of those who are to be inducted into the government.

    12:06 (IST)30 Dec 2019
    Maharashtra Cabinet expansion 2019

    At present, the Uddhav Thackeray-led government has six ministers -- two each from the three parties. They are -- Eknath Shinde, Subhash Desai (both Shiv Sena); Jayant Patil, Chhagan Chandrakant Bhujbal (both NCP); and Balasaheb Thorat, Nitin Raut (both Congress).

    12:02 (IST)30 Dec 2019
    Aaditya Thackeray to take oath as Cabinet Minister

    Aaditya Thackeray is the son of Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray. According to news agency ANI, Aaditya will also take oath as a Cabinet Minister today. Aaditya is first-time MLA from Mumbai’s Worli constituency.

    12:00 (IST)30 Dec 2019
    Maharashtra Cabinet expansion: Ajit Pawar set to return as deputy CM

    According to television reports, NCP leader Ajit Pawar will take oath as the deputy CM of Maharashtra. Last month, he had joined hands with Devendra Fadnavis in an overnight coup to grab the deputy CM’s chair. He later resigned and returned to the party fold.

    At present, the Uddhav Thackeray-led government has six ministers -- two each from the three parties. They are -- Eknath Shinde, Subhash Desai (both Shiv Sena); Jayant Patil, Chhagan Chandrakant Bhujbal (both NCP); and Balasaheb Thorat, Nitin Raut (both Congress). The Maharashtra Legislative Assembly has 288 chairs. As per the Constitution, the total strength of the Cabinet can be a maximum of 42 including the Chief Minister.
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