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Cong-NCP ministry in Maharashtra to be sworn in today

The swearing in of the new Congress -NCP ministry in Maharashtra will take place today with the end of the fortnight-long deadlock over government formation in the state after the assembly elections brought the two parties to power for the third time in a row.

india Updated: Nov 07, 2009 10:33 IST

The swearing in of the new Congress -NCP ministry in Maharashtra will take place today with the end of the fortnight-long deadlock over government formation in the state after the assembly elections brought the two parties to power for the third time in a row.

The Congress will have 23 ministers and NCP 20. While all NCP ministers are expected to take oath, the Congress ministers would be sworn in two phases.

"We are going to form the new council of ministers tomorrow. We will be staking claim to form the government this evening," said a beaming Chief Minister Ashok Chavan after a meeting with Congress president Sonia Gandhi on Friday.

Chavan evaded all questions on who will be included in the new ministry despite queries whether Rajendra Shekhawat, son of President Pratibha Patil, Mumbai regional Congress chief Kripa Shankar Singh and Maharashtra PCC chief Manikrao Thakre would be accommodated.

"I am not going to say who and how many will be taking oath....Portfolios will be decided after swearing in," was his refrain to all such queries.

Chavan said "this will be 2009 formula" when asked whether Congress has agreed to NCP's demand for the continuation of 1999 formula of power sharing under which it had got key portfolios.

He, however, brushed aside questions like what ministries will be held by Congress and NCP, but made it clear that his party has not demanded either Rural Development or Tribal Welfare ministries as reported.