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Maharashtra CM Eknath Shinde reached Delhi for the first time after assuming office. Where he along with Deputy CM Devendra Fadnavis met Home Minister Amit Shah on Friday. During this, there was a discussion between the three leaders on the new government to be formed in Maharashtra. More than a dozen people of Shinde camp can be made ministers. The current 8 ministers of the Uddhav government had joined Shinde in his rebellion. In such a situation, all of them can be made ministers once again.
On the other hand, Saturday evening has been kept for CM Shinde’s meeting with Prime Minister Modi. Shinde is to attend Ashadhi Ekadashi Puja in Pune. So he will leave for Pune on Saturday only.
Both leaders also met President Kovind
On Saturday morning, Eknath and Devendra Fadnavis also met BJP National President JP Nadda and Defense Minister Rajnath Singh. On Friday itself, both the leaders also met President Ram Nath Kovind. After reaching Rashtrapati Bhavan, Eknath and Devendra gave idols of Lord Vitthal to other leaders including Ram Nath Kovind.
BJP likely to get Home, Finance and Revenue portfolios
The Eknath Shinde-led government won the floor test by a margin of 164-99 on Monday, proving his government’s majority and cementing his position as the state’s chief minister and leader of the Shiv Sena. In the new government, the ministers and their portfolios have to be divided. About 54 ministers can be made in the Shinde government.
25 MLAs from BJP quota and 13 MLAs from Shinde faction can be included in the cabinet. After this, independent MLAs can be given the responsibility of ministerial posts on the remaining seats.
If sources are to be believed, before the expansion of the cabinet, along with the number, the department is also churning. The BJP may keep big portfolios like home, finance and revenue, while the urban development and road construction portfolios may be given to the Shinde faction of Shiv Sena. It is believed that the division of departments is possible on the Mahavikas Aghadi formula, in which the NCP-Congress kept the heavy departments with them in Uddhav’s government.
Swearing-in of new ministers possible after July 11
On July 11, the Supreme Court is to hear the membership of 16 rebel MLAs of Shiv Sena. If the Supreme Court’s decision comes in favor of the rebel MLAs, then cabinet expansion can happen anytime after 11. In case the decision is not in favor, the matter of extension can be postponed.