Union Home and Cooperation Minister Amit Shah shared the stage with Maharashtra Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar at an event in Pune on Sunday where Shah said that Pawar was at the 'right place' now but he 'came very late'.
Amit Shah during the event said, "This is my first public programme with Ajit Pawar. I want to tell him that he is now sitting at the right place after a long time. This was always the right place for you, but you came to sit here very late."
Shah addressed the audience after launching the digital portal of the Central Registrar of Cooperative Societies (CRCS) office.
CM Eknath Shinde and Deputy CM Devendra Fadnavis were also present at the event.
More than a month back, on July 2, Ajit Pawar, the nephew of Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) founder Sharad Pawar, joined the ruling Shiv Sena-Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government led by Eknath Shinde along with eight other party MLAs.
Pawar was made deputy chief minister, while the other eight MLAs, including Chhagan Bhujbal and Dilip Walse Patil, were sworn in as ministers.
Fadnavis and Ajit Pawar were sworn in as chief minister and deputy chief minister, respectively, in a ceremony in Raj Bhavan in November 2019, following the assembly elections and the rift between the BJP and the Shiv Sena. But that government lasted for 80 hours only with Pawar returning back to the NCP.
Later, Shiv Sena leader Uddhav Thackeray was sworn in as CM after his party joined hands with the NCP and Congress to form the Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) government.
The MVA government, however, fell in June last year after Eknath Shinde and 39 MLAs revolted against Thackeray and split the Shiv Sena.