On the concluding day of the Maharashtra Assembly, Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar said that he would take over his old portfolios of Finance and Power. Ajit kept his announcement under wraps and only revealed it on the last day of the Winter session of the Assembly at Nagpur on Friday.
Ajit has made a comeback despite the combined Opposition relentlessly targeting him almost every day of the Winter Session. Unlike his former self Ajit seemed more subdued and ignored the barbs from the Opposition though he remained present in the Legislature during the Winter session .
However, on the concluding day he seemed to be aggression when he announced that he would take back his portfolios and indicated that nobody including the chief minister could do anything about it.
“I had made clear at the time of swearing that I will take over the ministries of Finance and Power. The Congress can decide whom to give which portfolio from departments given to them. It is the NCP’s prerogative to allocate their portfolios. As the leader of NCP legislative party, I decide it,” the DCM said.