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.