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.
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.
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
Deputy Chief Minister
Ajit Pawar, NCP
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
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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