MUMBAI: The Congress, Shiv Sena and the NCP were left surprised after Ajit Pawar on Saturday morning took oath as the Deputy Chief Minister along with BJP leader Devendra Fadnavis as the Chief Minister.
Addressing a joint press conference in Mumbai, NCP chief Sharad Pawar said that his nephew Ajit Pawar’s decision to support BJP “against the party line”, MLAs supporting him to lose assembly membership.
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4 of 10 MLAs who went with Ajit returned
Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) spokesperson Nawab Malik claimed that during the oath-taking ceremony of Ajit Pawar at the Raj Bhawan here 10 rebel MLAs were present, out of which four have returned to the party fold.
“The MLAs were called in the morning for a meeting and then taken to the Raj Bhawan. Four out of the 10 MLAs, who went there have returned. We had a word with few more MLAs and they might also return,” he said.
President Ram Nath Kovind on Saturday morning revoked the Proclamation of central rule implemented in Maharashtra since November 12, after 11 days.
The Rashtrapati Bhavan’s announcement came shortly after a new government formation.
The two were sworn-in at a function in Raj Bhavan held around 8 a.m. in the presence of a few BJP and NCP leaders, and other government officials.