The much-anticipated Maharashtra Cabinet Expansion concluded on 30th December 2019 when Ajit Pawar vowed as Dy CM, Aaditya Thackeray and former Maharashtra CM Ashok Chavan also got the Cabinet berths in Uddhav Thackeray led Maharashtra government along with 35 other ministers. 

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Weeks after the vow taken by Uddhav Thackeray as the chief minister of a tri-party coalition comprising Shiv Sena , NCP and Congress recognised as the Maha Vikas Aghadi, Maharashtra Cabinet Expansion witnessed the ingress of senior NCP leaders Ajit Pawar, Dilip Walse Patil, Hassan Mushrif and Jitendra Awhad. Because of the persisting brawl over splitting the portfolios in the Maha Vikas Aghadi, the evolution of Maharashtra government was procrastinated. The chief minister Uddhav Thackeray has designated the portfolios for general admin, IT, information public relations, law and judiciary.

36 newly conscripted ministers – one deputy chief minister, 25 as cabinet ministers and 10 as state ministers from the three parties were designated the portfolios on 6th January 2020 by Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari. NCP nailed the major portfolios comprising Home, Finance, Excise and Co-operation and rural development whereas the most aged party Congress nailed revenue, energy and public works department. Although Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar, NCP supremo Sharad Pawar’s nephew was earmarked with the Finance and Planning portfolio, Anil Deshmukh will act as the new Home Minister. 

Aaditya Thackeray, Uddhav’s son, the first member of the Thackeray family had enrolled in the state assembly in the expanded cabinet. NCP leader DW Patil and former Chief Minister Ashok Chavan have also been the cameo of Maharashtra Cabinet Expansion.

Congress leaders have stepped into antagonism due to the Maharashtra government’s cabinet amplification with Shiv Sena over unequal distribution. Some of the ministers including former Opposition leader Vijay Waddetiwar, a Congress and NCP supporter are not even deliberate to take charge of their responsibilities and are sequestered posterior to the cabinet revamping. He is depressed with the portfolio allocated to him as he will be serving as the minister of OBCs, salt pan development and relief of rehabilitation (earthquake).

The meetings were going on at various locations until Sunday evening among party seniors to allocate the portfolios for the amplification of Uddhav Thackeray’s cabinet. Senior Congress leader Balasaheb Thorat was also present during the showdown at chief minister Sharad Pawar’s residence, Silver Oak in Delhi to decide on the portfolios on Sunday. 

Posterior to the Cabinet expansion on December 29th, the Maharashtra state now has the 43 ministers, including Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray.

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List of Maharashtra Cabinet Ministers

The umbrella of 43 state’s council of ministers enveloped the warhorses like 77-year-old Subhash Desai to a novice of 29-year-old Aaditya Thackeray. 

Here is a full list of Council of Ministers in Maharashtra 

Chief Minister

Uddhav Thackeray 

Deputy Chief Minister

Ajit Pawar, NCP

Cabinet Ministers

Eknath Shinde (Shiv Sena) – Home, Urban Development, environment, Tourism and Parliamentary Works

Subhash Desai (Shiv Sena) – Industry, Higher and Technical Education, Sports and Youth Employment

Jayant Patil (NCP) – Water Resources and Sectoral Development

Chhagan Chandrakant Bhujbal (NCP) – Food and civil supplies, minority development and welfare

Balasaheb Thorat (Congress) – Revenue, School Educations, Animal Husbandry and Fisheries

Nitin Raut (Congress) – OBC Development, Women and Child Development & Relief and Rehabilitation

Aaditya Thackeray (Shiv Sena)

Ashok Chavan, Congress

Dilip Walse Patil, NCP

Dhananjay Munde, NCP

Vijay Waddetiwar, Congress

Anil Deshmukh, NCP

Hasan Mushrif, NCP

Varsha Gaikwad, Congress

Rajendra Shingane, NCP

Nawab Malik, NCP

Rajesh Tope, NCP

Sunil Kedar, Congress

Sanjay Rathod, Shiv Sena

Gulabrao Patil, Shiv Sena

Amit Deshmukh, Congress

Dada Bhuse, Shiv Sena

Jitendra Awhad, NCP

Sandippan Bhumre, Shiv Sena

Balasaheb Patil, NCP

Yashomati Thakur, Congress

Anil Parab, Shiv Sena

Uday Samant, Shiv Sena

KC Padvi, Congress

Shankar Rao Gadakh, Independent (Shiv Sena quota)

Aslam Shaikh, Congress

Aaditya Thackeray, Shiv Sena

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State Ministers

Abdul Sattar, Shiv Sena

Satej Patil, Congress

Shambhuraj Desai, Shiv Sena

Bachchu Kadu, Independent (Shiv Sena quota)

Vishwajeet Kadam, Congress

Dattatray Bharne, NCP

Aditi Tatkare, NCP

Sanjay Bansode, NCP

Prajakt Tanpure, NCP

Rajendra Patil Yedravkar, Independent (Shiv Sena quota)

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