NCP’s Ajit Pawar was sworn-in as the deputy chief minister.
Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari administered the oath at the Raj Bhavan at around 7.30 am.
Blaming the Shiv Sena for disrespecting people’s mandate in last month’s Assembly polls, Fadnavis said, “People had given us a clear mandate, but Shiv Sena tried to ally with other parties after the results, after which the President’s rule was imposed. Maharashtra needed a stable government, not a ‘khichdi’ government.”
“I thank Prime Minister Narendra Modi, party president Amit Shah and J P Nadda for giving me the chance to serve people once again,” the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader added.
Ajit Pawar backed the BJP with the support of Independent lawmakers and smaller parties.
After being sworn-in as the deputy chief minister, Ajit Pawar said, “From the day the (poll) results were declared on October 24, no party was able to form the government. Maharashtra was facing many problems, including farmers’ issues. So we decided to form a stable government.”