Finally, Vilasrao Deshmukh takes charge of his new ministry

Written by: Biswajeet Panda
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New Delhi, Jul 19: So finally it has happened. Ending a week-long speculation, former Maharashtra Chief Minister and Congress leader Vilasrao Deshmukh, took charge as the new Science Technology and Earth Sciences Minister on Jul 19.

It was said that Deshmukh was upset at his removal from the high profile Rural Development Ministry.

When asked if he saw his removal from the Rural Development Ministry and appointment in the new portfolio as a demotion, he was quoted as saying, "There is no the Central level, you can only be a Cabinet minister and that is equivalent to being promoted. There is no demotion then, politics is like kho-kho."

Deshmukh had skipped the swearing-in ceremony at Rashtrapati Bhavan last week, thus giving rise to speculation that he was unhappy over being appointed as the new Science Technology and Earth Sciences Minister.

According to reports, he skipped the ceremony to lobby for the president of the Mumbai Cricket Association. With the support of Sharad Pawar, he managed to beat former Indian Cricket team captain Dilip Vengsarkar to become the President of the high-profile association.

With taking charge of his new ministry, Deshmukh became the fourth minister of the low-key portfolio in 18 months.

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