Mumbai: The political landscape in Maharashtra witnessed a significant development as Ajit Pawar, senior leader from the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP), was sworn-in as Deputy Chief Minister in the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government. Following this, Chief Minister Eknath Shinde expressed his confidence, stating that the double-engine government in the state has now become triple-engine, and it will run like a bullet train.”
Addressing the media, CM Shinde said, “Now we have one Chief Minister and two Deputy Chief Ministers. The double-engine government has now become triple-engine, and now it will run like a bullet train. For the development of Maharashtra, I welcome Ajit Pawar and his leaders. Ajit Pawar’s experience will help strengthen Maharashtra.” Further talking about seat-sharing in the cabinet, CM Shinde said that there is enough time to discuss about it.
Maharashtra Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar has the backing of more than 40 MLAs in the State Legislative Assembly and more than 6 MLCs in the Legislative Council.
In response to his induction into the government, Ajit Pawar praised Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s leadership, stating,”The country is progressing under the leadership of PM Modi. He is also popular in other countries. Everyone supports him and appreciates his leadership. We will fight the upcoming Lok Sabha and Assembly elections with them (BJP) and that is why we have taken this decision.”
NCP senior leader Ajit Pawar on Sunday joined the Eknath Shinde-led government in Maharashtra and took oath as the deputy chief minister of the state. In a dramatic turn of events, Pawar, along with nine MLAs, reached Raj Bhawan to meet Governor Ramesh Bais. Chief Minister Eknath Shinde was also present on the occasion.