Mumbai, November 28: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee will skip the swearing-in ceremony of Maharashtra Chief Minister-designate Uddhav Thackeray. The oath-taking event, scheduled at 6:40 pm today, was expected to be attended by Banerjee along with other top political leaders from various states. Aaditya Thackeray Unlikely to Get Maharashtra Cabinet Berth, Shiv Sena May Appoint Him as 'Shadow CM'.
Banerjee has reportedly cited schedule constraints for her being unable to arrive for the swearing-in. The Trinamool Congress chief has conveyed her best wishes to Uddhav for running the coalition government in Maharashtra.
Apart from the Bengal CM, Congress president Sonia Gandhi and her son Rahul Gandhi would also not be attending the swearing-in ceremony of Uddhav. The two leaders had cited personal reasons for skipping the event.
An invite was also issued by the Shiv Sena to political allies-turned-rival - BJP chief Amit Shah and Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Both the leaders, however, would not be attending the oath-taking event.
The swearing-in ceremony is expected to be a grand show of strength at Mumbai's Shivaji Park -- known for the grand rallies addressed at the ground by late Sena supremo and Uddhav's father Balasaheb Thackeray.
Apart from Uddhav taking oath as the Chief Minister, NCP's Sunil Tatkare and Chagan Bhujbal, Congress' Balasaheb Thorat and Ashok Chavan would be also be taking oath as Cabinet Ministers.
As per the coalition pact sealed by the three parties, the ministerial posts have been divided in the ratio of 16:15:12. While Sena would keep the largest share with 16 ministerial berths, NCP has been assigned 15 and Congress 12. One Deputy CM would be appointed from the NCP, with the name of Ajit Pawar making the rounds for the post.