Monday’s Cabinet expansion in Maharashtra will see NCP’s AjitPawar and Shiv Sena’s Aditya Thackeray among those being inducted as ministers.
Aditya Thackeray is Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray’s son and the first member of the Thackeray clan to have contested and entered the Assembly. AjitPawar is the nephew of NCP supremo SharadPawar and had briefly broken away to join hands with the BJP to form the shortlivedDevendraFadnavis government.
Around 30 members are expected to be inducted in Monday’s expansion. The Cabinet expansion comes 32 days after Uddhav Thackeray was sworn in as Chief Minister of a coalition comprising the Shiv Sena, NCP and Congress parties, known as MahaVikasAghadi. Currently the ministry comprises of seven members apart from the Chief Minister.
Earlier, when the Shiv Sena and BJP had been allies and fought the assembly elections, Aditya Thackeray had been projected as the Deputy Chief Minister. However, when the alliance broke and Shiv Sena tied up with the NCP and Congress to form the MahaVikasAghadi government, his father Uddhav Thackeray became the Chief Minister.
AjitPawar who was the Deputy Chief Minister in the shortlivedFadnavis government, has since returned to the NCP fold and it was widely believed that he would be rehabilitated. According to sources, AjitPawar is likely to be anointed as Deputy Chief Minister.
Monday’s Cabinet expansion will also see 10 members from the Congress taking the oath of office. Notables include former Chief Minister AshokraoChavan, Amit VilasraoDeshmukh, the son of late former Chief Minister VilasraoDeshmukh.
Maharashtra Governor B.S. Koshyari will administer the oath to the new team around noon in the Maharashtra Legislature precincts.