First Time Ever Muslim MLA's Take Oath As Ministers

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After a five-year gap of no representation, Muslim ministers have made an entry in a big way in the Uddhav Thackeray-led state government. In the full-size cabinet that was sworn-in Monday, there were four Muslim ministers, including three Cabinet, ranked.

At present, the state's legislative assembly has 10 Muslim MLAs, slightly better than 2014, when nine MLAs were elected. From 1960 to 2014, there have been a total of 64 Muslim ministers, including 31 Cabinet ministers and 33 MoS.

The influential Parsi community has had no representation in the state government since 1995, while there has been no Christian representative in the government since 1978.

Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) leader Ajit Pawar was sworn in on Monday for a record fourth time as the Deputy Chief Minister of Maharashtra in the expanded Cabinet of the Maha Vikas Aghadi government.

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