Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) leader Ajit Pawar returned as Maharashtra’s Deputy Chief Minister a little over a month after he had broken ranks to ally with the BJP. Many of the 14 NCP ministers sworn-in on Monday are seen as close aides of Ajit Pawar.
Though there has been speculation in the media about Chavan succeeding Vijay (Balasaheb) Thorat as state Congress president, senior party sources said the party leadership was not inclined to such a proposal as of now.
Sources said Thackeray had to articulate the party’s change of stand after the Congress, a partner in the Thackeray-led government in Maharashtra, expressed strong displeasure over Shiv Sena’s support to the Bill during the Lok Sabha debate on Monday.
In September 2018, however, the office of the Principal Accountant General raised an audit objection, alleging that “excess expenditure had been paid to the firm”. In May this year, the state’s planning department red-flagged the project, questioning the move to release the VGF.
Mehta had to cut short his trip and board a chartered plane after he was informed about the oath-taking around 10.30 pm on November 23. Mehta landed in Mumbai after midnight, and was in Raj Bhavan for most of the next day.
Running out of options and facing defeat in the trust vote after NCP leader Ajit Pawar resigned as Deputy Chief Minister following the Supreme Court order, Fadnavis too threw in the towel, saying he no longer had majority — the shortest tenure of a government in Maharashtra.