Ajit Pawar Deputy Chief Minister of Maharashtra

Maharashtra’s partisan politics seems to be taking a new turn everyday. What started with a split in Shiv Sena leading to the usurping of the Uddhav Thackeray government in 2022, making Eknath Shinde the chief minister of Maharashtra , has now progressed onto a split in the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) when Ajit Pawar took oath as the Deputy Chief Minister of Maharashtra. 

In the latest update on Maharashtra politics, Congress leader Prithviraj Chavan has claimed that Ajit Pawar will be appointed as chief minister of Maharashtra on or around 10 August. 

Chavan said that the incumbent Shiv Sena leader Eknath Shinde will be removed as Chief minister and Ajit Pawar will take charge around 10 August. Chanvan claimed a decision on the disqualification of CM Shinde and 15 other MLAs of Shiv Sena will be taken around August 10.

“After deciding the disqualification of Shinde and other MLAs, incumbent Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar would be anointed as the chief minister around August 10,” the former chief minister told a regional news channel.

Chavan also claimed that the BJP is not keen on contesting the next Lok Sabha elections under Shinde “as he wields no influence outside his home district of Thane”.

“The BJP now has an alternative in Ajit Pawar,” he added.

Chavan alleged that “use and throw” is the work style of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

“This is the fate of Shinde. The understanding of top BJP leadership indicates they want to make Ajit Pawar the chief minister and face elections,” he added.

Ajit Pawar and eight MLAs of the Nationalist Congress Party joined the Shiv Sena-BJP government on July 2. While Ajit Pawar took oath as the deputy chief minister, the MLAs were sworn in as ministers. Later, the crucial finance department was allotted to the nephew of Sharad Pawar.

Shinde had said Ajit Pawar’s entry into the government posed no threat to him.

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Updated: 24 Jul 2023, 08:48 PM IST

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