Three days after the winter session of the Maharashtra State Legislature was wrapped up, the State Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar is all set to take over as the State’s Finance Minister and Power Minister.
On December 24, Governor K Sankarnaryanan approved the notification forwarded by Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan seeking handover of the departments to Pawar. Two months ago, when Pawar had resigned the post of deputy chief minister over allegations of corruption in the irrigation scam, Pawar had also relinquished charge of his departments — Finance, Planning and Power.
Pawar made a comeback to power after the State government had published the white paper on irrigation that defended State’s Water Resources Department controlled by him for over a decade of irregularities and corruption. He was sworn into the cabinet just two days before the winter session of the State legislature.