Thursday (November 28): “Six leaders, two each from NCP, the Shiv Sena and the Congress, will take oath as ministers today along with Chief Minister-designate Uddhav Thackeray,” NCP leader Ajit Pawar has said today.
Pawar also clarified that he will not take oath as a minister today evening during the ceremony to be held at Shivaji Park.
“I will not take oath today. Only Chhagan Bhujbal and Jayant Patil will take oath as ministers from the NCP,” Ajit Pawar told reporters after a meeting of NCP leaders at party chief Sharad Pawar’s residence.
“Two MLAs each from Shiv Sena and Congress will also take oath as ministers,” he added.
Ajit Pawar also dismissed reports that he was disappointed over not being sworn-in as the deputy chief minister today. “I am not at all disappointed. Do you see disappointment on my face?” he asked.
The former Maharashtra deputy chief minister also refuted reports about his “revolt”.
Ajit Pawar joined hands with the BJP to form government last Saturday, but quit it earlier this week citing “personal reasons”, leading to collapse of the Devendra Fadnavis-led dispensation.
“It was not a revolt. I was in the NCP, I am in the NCP and will remain in the NCP,” he said, adding that he would attend the swearing-in ceremony in the evening with his cousin and Lok Sabha member Supriya Sule.
The Shiv Sena, NCP and Congress have come together under the front called ‘Maha Vikas Aghadi’ to form government in the state.