Asked on Tuesday if he saw it as a demotion, he had said, "There is no demotion...at 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."
In fact, Mr Deshmukh had skipped the swearing-in ceremony at Rashtrapati Bhawan to lobby for the post of president of the Mumbai Cricket Association. He beat former India captain Dilip Vengsarkar last week to become the chief of Mumbai Cricket Association. Mr Deshmukh,66, belongs to the Latur district in the Marathwada region of Maharashtra.