After the results were declared on 22nd Oct, it took Cong-NCP alliance around 17 days to sort out their differences and form the next Govt in Maharashtra state. Ashok Chavan was sworn in as the new Chief Minister of Maharashtra, ending all specualtions on who’d lead next. Chhagan Bhujbal of NCP was appointed as the Deputy Chief Minister.
Congress – NCP combine did quite well in the Maharashtra Assembly Elections and they marched quite well ahead of the BJP-SS combine with 144 seats on their own. It’d be good to see how MNS shapes its future in the coming years after an impressive performance which saw it winning 13 seats.
The ministers who make a comeback in the Maharashtra Govt are R R Patil, Rajendra Darda, Laxmanrao Dhoble, Anil Deshmukh and Jaidutt Kshirsagar. However, some prominent names were left out of the ministry this time which includes Vijaysinh-Mohite Patil, Surupsinh Naik and Dilip Walse Patil. Anees Ahmed, Vimal Mundada, Chandrakant Handore, Nawab Malik, Vinay Kore, Rajendra Shingane, Raviseth Patil, Madan Patil, Rameshchandra Bang and Dilip Deshmukh are also among those who do not feature in the list of ministers.
Today, Chief Minister Ashok Chavan and 26 other cabinet ministers were administered the oath of office and secrecy by Governor S C Jamir at the Raj Bhawan lawns. Eleven ministers of state including two women Fauzia Khan of the NCP, a Member of Legislative Council, and Varsha Gaikwad of the Congress were also sworn in.
Jharkhand Assembly elections are scheduled next with first phase of voting on 27th Dec and the final fifth phase on 18th Dec 2009.