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Ajit Pawar to become the deputy chief minister of Maharashtra again

December 6, 2012 - Mumbai, Maharashtra, India

Nationalist Congress Party leader Ajit Pawar is all set to become the deputy chief minister of Maharashtra again. Ajit Pawar will rejoin the cabinet on Friday, a couple of days after he got a clean chit on the alleged irrigation scam in the state. Ajit Pawar will be sworn-in on Friday at 9:30 am by Governor K Sankaranarayanan. The post of deputy chief minister remained vacant since his resignation in September.

Ajit Pawar is the nephew of Nationalist Congress Party chief Sharad Pawar. He quit the cabinet on September 25 after he was alleged to be involved in the multi-crore irrigation scam. The Maharashtra government has recently released an 800-plus page white paper on the irrigation sector in the state for the past decade. The White Paper has claimed 28 percent rise in irrigation potential in the past decade.

Sharad Pawar has reportedly given his consent for the re-induction of Ajit Pawar in the cabinet. Sources say that the Opposition is determined to target the government in the irrigation scam during the winter session. The Shiv Sena party is already making plans to move a no-confidence motion against the government and Ajit Pawar can play a crucial role in defeating any such motion.

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