Mumbai: Platforms are set for Maharashtra’s cabinet expansion, which will take place tomorrow. It is expected that 14 ministers will be inducted into the new cabinet. MLAs from several regions have been given a chance to represent their areas as ministers.
Senior BJP leaders Sudhir Mungantiwar, Chandrakant Patil and Girish Mahajan are expected to be given berths as new ministers.
From the Shinde faction, Gulab Raghunath Patil, Sada Sarvankar, and Deepak Vasant Kesarkar are expected to take the oath tomorrow.
On June 30, Eknath Shinde and Devendra Fadnavis were sworn in as chief minister and deputy chief minister, respectively. This happened after the resignation of Uddhav Thackeray. The Shiv Sena collapsed due to rebellion irked by Eknath Shinde and his aides.
Shinde and Fadnavis have been functioning as a two-member cabinet since then, inviting criticism from the Opposition.
Of late, Fadnavis and Shinde have visited Delhi numerous times amidst the issue of cabinet expansion.
On Saturday, Shinde cleared the air that the state government’s functioning has not been affected because of the delay in the expansion of the council of ministers and that more ministers will be introduced soon.