Mumbai: Eknath Shinde has given an indication towards expanding his cabinet in the coming couple of days after taking charge as Chief Minister of Maharashtra nearly a month ago.
“Certainly, it has taken time. We are going to expand the cabinet in the next three days. Shinde said it would be a smooth affair and free from any controversy.
Shinde took oath as the Chief Minister of Maharashtra on June 30 along with deputy CM Devendra Fadnavis, who said that “there will be no further delay; we will expand the cabinet very soon, as early as possible.” It may take place any day.
If the cabinet expansion takes place in two phases, then it is expected that a total of 19 cabinet members will be sworn in: 12 from the BJP and seven from Shinde’s faction of Shiv Sena. But if it is a one-time expansion, then 26 members from the BJP and 14–15 from the Shinde camp will get a chance to become cabinet members.
Several BJP leaders in the state felt that the BJP should adopt the Gujarat model in the expansion of the cabinet. Recently, the saffron party removed all the members when a leadership change took place in Gujarat. There was some concern that the decision would exacerbate discontent, but everything went off without a hitch.
The brawl for the Shiv Sena symbol is in full swing between the Uddhav and Shinde camps, and now the matter is in the Supreme Court after the Uddhav camp filed a petition in which he requested the EC not to take notice of the Shinde faction’s appeal.