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Dec 06, 2012 at 08:53pm IST

Ajit Pawar to be re-inducted into Maharshtra Cabinet on Friday

Mumbai: Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) leader Ajit Pawar, who had recently resigned as the Deputy Chief Minister of Maharashtra over the irrigation scam, will be re-inducted into the state Cabinet on Friday morning.

The decision to re-induct Ajit Pawar in the Maharashtra Cabinet has come days after the White Paper on the irrigation scam in the state was tabled. The White Paper on irrigation scam had given a clean chit to the NCP leader.

After the White Paper was tabled, Maharashtra Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan had said that it gave details of all irrigation projects under the corporations. Chavan had also said that the reasons why there were cost overruns in the projects were also listed out in the White Paper on the irrigation scam, adding that the report showed the difference of opinion in irrigation potential.

According to the Chief Minister, the White Paper, which claims 28 per cent rise in irrigation potential in the last 10 years, on the scam would enable the state government to decide on the future of irrigation in Maharashtra.

Following the resignation of Ajit Pawar, an influential NCP leader, as the Deputy Chief Minister, all his party ministers in Maharashtra had offered their resignations to NCP chief Sharad Pawar. The NCP chief had, however, said that no one other than Ajit Pawar needed to quit.

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