Shinde said, cabinet will be expanded in 3 days: Maharashtra CM said – it is late but there is no dispute, the opposition said – government of 2 people

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The tenure of Maharashtra Chief Minister Eknath Shinde is about to complete one month. So soon Shinde is going to expand his cabinet. Shinde said in this matter that even though there has been some delay, there is no dispute at any level. We will expand the cabinet in the next 3 days. He said – there has been no discrimination in the selection of members, so it will be a very simple team.

Earlier, CM Eknath was going to Delhi on Wednesday to discuss with senior BJP leaders in this regard, but canceled the plan at the last moment. According to sources, about 45 ministers can be made in the cabinet. These include 25 from BJP quota, 13 from Shinde quota and 7 independent MLAs.

Decision on in how many phases the cabinet expansion should take place
In how many phases, the expansion of this cabinet of BJP and Shiv Sena faction will be done in Maharashtra, it is yet to be discussed between Chief Minister and Deputy Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis. There are 40 rebel MLAs in the Shinde camp. In such a situation, keeping 26 MLAs together is not easy. However, sources say that preparations are being made to adjust these MLAs in the corporation-board.

Cabinet expansion possibilities

  • If the cabinet expands in two phases, there will be 19 cabinet members in the first phase. Of these, 12 will be ministers from BJP and 7 from Shiv Sena faction.
  • If the cabinet expansion takes place in a single phase, then 26 members will be made ministers from BJP and 14-15 members from Shinde camp.
  • There was a lack of consensus on the number of cabinet members of both the parties. This was the reason that the cabinet expansion got delayed.

Opposition’s taunt – Differences due to delay
NCP leader Jayant Patil took a jibe at the Eknath Shinde government over the delay in allocation of portfolios by the Shinde government. He said that the government of two people is only in name, the problems of the people are being ignored. Patil also said that differences between the Shinde faction of the BJP and Shiv Sena could be the reason for the delay in allocation of portfolios.

BJP’s demand – follow the Gujarat pattern
A group of senior BJP leaders felt that in the larger interest of the party in Maharashtra, the BJP should adopt the Gujarat pattern for cabinet expansion. Recently, when there was a leadership change in Gujarat, the BJP leadership removed all the members of the old cabinet. However, it was feared that this would lead to discontent in the party. But this did not happen as the party legislators had accepted the change.

The reason for the delay also became the petitions filed in the Supreme Court.
After Shinde’s hasty swearing-in ceremony, it was believed that he would soon expand the cabinet. However this did not happen. The delay in cabinet expansion is also being linked to the pending petitions in the Supreme Court. A hearing was held in the Supreme Court on July 20 regarding the Uddhav and Shinde factions in Shiv Sena. The next hearing in the court will be on August 1.

Significantly, the Uddhav Thackeray faction of Shiv Sena has filed 7 petitions for the disqualification of the rebel MLAs. Also, in response to the demand of freezing the party symbol of Shinde faction, a caveat has been filed in the Election Commission. This issue is also in the Supreme Court. Read full news…

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