Congress president Sonia Gandhi, West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee, Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal and MK leader M K Stalin have been invited for Uddhav Thackeray's swearing-in as Maharashtra CM on Thursday.
Shiv Sena president Thackeray will take oath as chief minister as leader of the Maharashtra Vikas Aghadi formed by his party along with the Congress and the NCP. "We have invited Congress president Sonia Gandhi for the swearing-in ceremony. We are hopeful that some other senior Congress leaders will also attend the event," Sena leader Eknath Shinde said in Mumbai.
Congress leader Vijay Wadettiwar said that chief ministers of Congress-ruled states have been invited along with Mamata Banerjee, Kejriwal and Stalin. Apart from prominent political leaders, the Sena has also invited some 400 farmers, including members of families of agriculturists who committed suicide, party MP Vinayak Raut said.
Meanwhile, NCP leader Ajit Pawar, who shocked his party and family after joining hands with the BJP on Saturday and became deputy chief minister in the Devendra Fadnavis-led government, said what he did could not be termed a revolt.
He also reiterated that he continues to be with the NCP and would abide by whatever party chief Sharad Pawar says. "It was not a revolt. I was the leader of NCP. Did NCP remove me? Did you read (about my removal from NCP) somewhere?" Ajit Pawar told reporters. "I have been telling all that I was in the NCP, I am in NCP and will be in NCP," he said.
Ajit Pawar resigned as Dy CM citing personal reasons on Tuesday, following which Fadnavis too stepped down as chief minister, leading to collapse of the BJP-led government.
To discuss the developments CNBC-TV18 spoke to Clyde Crasto NCP spokesperson; Sudhir Suryawanshi, senior journalist; Aman Sinha BJP spokesperson and Gajanan Kirtikar, Lok Sabha MP from Shiv Sena.(With inputs from PTI)