'Sharad Pawar Will Decide on Ajit Pawar's Swearing-in,' Says Shiv Sena Leader Sanjay Raut
Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut. (Photo Credits: ANI)

Mumbai, November 28: Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut, speaking on the question whether Ajit Pawar will take oath as the deputy CM along with Uddhav Thackeray at the Shivaji Park on Thursday at the cabinet and CM oath taking, said that it is upto Sharad Pawar to decide about Ajit Pawar's swearing-in. On Wednesday, there were reports that Ajit Pawar would be sworn-in as the deputy chief minister in the Maha Vikas Aghadi. However, it emerged on Thursday that Ajit Pawar would not be taking oath on Thursday with Uddhav Thackeray at the iconic Shivaji Park. Uddhav Thackeray to Take Oath as Maharashtra CM at Iconic Shivaji Park Today, Swearing-In to Witness Historic Shiv Sena-NCP-Congress Bonhomie.

When asked about Ajit Pawar being offered the deputy chief minister's post, Sanjay Raut said that, " I don't know, it is NCP's matter. Sharad Pawar is senior-most leader of "Maha Vikas Aghadi" (Shiv Sena-Congress-NCP), what post should be given to Ajit Pawar or someone else in his party, will be decided by him." Maharashtra Government Formation: List of Probable Ministers From Shiv Sena, NCP and Congress.

Speaking on Aaditya Thackeray's role in the cabinet and government, Raut said that to "include someone in the cabinet or not is the decision of Chief Minister. Uddhav Thackeray ji is now not only his father but the Chief Minister, he will take the decision."

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The historic Shivaji Park, which has a memorial of Shiv Sena founder Bal Thackeray, will witness the swearing-in ceremony of Maharashtra Chief Minister-designate Uddhav Thackeray today. Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari will administer the oath of office and secrecy to Uddhav Thackeray who will be the first from the Thackeray family to hold a constitutional post.