Mumbai: The BJP is likely to keep control over the important portfolios of home, finance, and revenue ministries while ceding control over the irrigation and urban development portfolios to the Shiv Sena’s Eknath Shinde group in the Maharashtra cabinet expansion, which is expected to take place soon, said sources.
The Shinde government won the trust vote with 164 MLAs voting in its favour. A total of 50 MLAs, including 40 Sena rebels, are back in the Shinde faction. The BJP has 106 MLAs on its own and is supported by a number of independents and other parties.
Despite having more than twice as many MLAs as the Shinde faction, the BJP gave Shinde the position of chief minister and appointed its leader, Devendra Fadnavis, as deputy chief minister
It is likely that in the new cabinet, 25 ministers will be from the BJP, 13 from Eknath Shinde’s Shiv Sena and the rest will belong to independents.
Besides the Chief Minister and his deputy, Devendra Fadnavis, a former CM of the state, most of the ministers will hold the post for the first time.
The BJP is all set to keep some key ministries such as revenue, finance, and PWD with them.
Shinde had the portfolio of urban development and MSRDC in the earlier MVA government. Sources said the Shinde camp is likely to get urban development and MSRDC and may also get the irrigation portfolio. The BJP was holding on to both urban development and irrigation in the earlier BJP-Sena government.