Maharashtra CM to expand ministry from 2 members today to 18 ministers: report

Maharashtra Chief Minister Eknath Shinde will expand his two-member ministry on Tuesday, 41 days after being sworn in as CM.

On June 30, Shinde was sworn in as Chief Minister and Devendra Fadnavis was sworn in as Deputy CM.

Shinde told reporters in Nanded on Monday that the expansion of the ministry is scheduled for Tuesday.

The ceremony will take place at Raj Bhavan in South Mumbai at 11 a.m., an aide to Shinde told PTI on condition of anonymity.

The next round of expansion will come later, he added.

Shinde, who emerged as a surprise pick for the top job after successfully bringing a large chunk of Shiv Sena MKs with him after the June rebellion, will have a difficult task welcoming them all to the ministry, officials said. sources.

From the Shinde group, the names of Bharat Gogawale and Shambhuraj Desai are doing the rounds.

From the BJP, state party leader Chandrakant Patil, Sudhir Mungantiwar, Girish Mahajan, Radhakrishna Vikhe Patil, Suresh Khade and Atul Save are likely to be inducted, party sources said.

The CM has made seven visits to New Delhi in the past month, and on each visit there was talk that expansion of the ministry was imminent.

Maharashtra Assembly Opposition Leader Ajit Pawar said Shinde has promised a ministerial place to every MP who joins him.

Now Shinde is unable to deliver on his promise, hence the delay in expanding the firm. The chief minister should disclose the reasons for the delay, Pawar said.

(Only the title and image of this report may have been edited by Business Standard staff; the rest of the content is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

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