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Maha Guv pulls up two ministers for deviating from oath text

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Press Trust of India Mumbai
Maharashtra Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari on Monday reprimanded two ministers on the dais during the swearing-in ceremony for deviating from the written text of the oath of office and speaking some lines extempore.
When Congress MLA K C Padvi was taking oath as Cabinet minister in the state government during the expansion of ministry, he added a few lines of gratitude to his voters after reading out the written oath text.
Koshyari, in a stern tone, immediately, asked Padvi to stop and told him to "read out the written text only".
"This will not do. Take the oath again," the governor directed the seven-term legislator, who represents Akkalkuva in north Maharashtra.
While leaving the dais, Padvi apologised to the governor, who gave him a smile of acknowledgment.
Before this, Koshyari intervened when Congress MLA Varsha Gaikwad invoked Dalit icon Dr B R Ambedkar's name while taking the oath of office and secrecy.
The governor stopped Gaikwad mid-way and asked her to stick to the written content while taking oath.
Gaikwad is a four-term MLA from Dharavi in Mumbai.
Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray on Monday expanded his council of ministers by inducting 26 Cabinet and 10 ministers of state.

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First Published: Dec 30 2019 | 3:50 PM IST

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