Cabinet expansion to be delayed? Shinde cancels all programs, appointments for today owing to health issues, Fadnavis leaves for Delhi

This is not all, some of the legislators from the BJP and Shinde camp reached Mantralaya in the absence of CM and DCM as they were desperate to know what is their fate and whether the expansion is slated for Friday at Raj Bhavan.

Sanjay JogUpdated: Friday, August 05, 2022, 01:16 AM IST
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Cabinet expansion to be delayed? Shinde cancels all programs, appointments for today owing to health issues, Fadnavis leaves for Delhi | File Photo

Even when the uncertainty looms large over cabinet expansion due to the mad rush for ministerial berths and claims and counterclaims by BJP and Shinde camp, Chief Minister Eknath Shinde on Thursday cancelled all his official programmes as he took ill.

The Chief Minister’s Office said he is running a fever due to exertion and the doctors have advised him to rest. On the other hand, Deputy Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis abruptly cancelled his today’s schedule and left for Delhi. Fadnavis is likely to hold meetings with Amit Shah and JP Nadda over cabinet expansion and also on the ongoing legal battle, especially after the Supreme Court asked the Election Commission not to take any action in connection with Shiv Sena’s poll symbol.

This is not all, some of the legislators from the BJP and Shinde camp reached Mantralaya in the absence of CM and DCM as they were desperate to know what is their fate and whether the expansion is slated for Friday at Raj Bhavan.

A group of legislators were busy pursuing their work proposals with respective department secretaries at a time when the survival of the Shinde-Fadnavis government hangs in the balance in the wake of legal and legislative battles.

The legislators were amused by news flashed on the cabinet expansion to be held on Friday although the Chief Minister’s Office and the Raj Bhavan clarified that they had no knowledge about it. Incidentally, Governor BS Koshyari, who is in Nagpur, will be landing in Mumbai on Friday.

Another group of legislators got into ‘’chai pe charcha ’’ to discuss the list of probables who are likely to be inducted into the council of ministers. A senior legislator said about 14 legislators comprising 7 each from the BJP and Shinde camp will be sworn in on Friday though he clarified that he had no confirmed news but going by TV news.

The names of BJP legislators Chandrakant Patil, Girish Mahajan, Sudhir Mungantiwar, Pravin Darekar, Radhakrishna Vikhroli-Patil, Ravindra Chavan and Babanrao Lonikar were discussed. On the other hand, the list of Shinde camp legislators, who may find a place in the cabinet, included Dadaji Bhuse, Gulabrao Patil, Uday Samant, Sandeepan Bhumre, Deepak Kesarkar, Abdul Sattar, Sanjay Shirsat.

However, Kesarkar, who is the Shinde camp spokesman, made an indicative statement that the expansion is expected in four days though he did not give the date. He, however, said CM will convey the date to the Governor and then the swearing in will be held. Another legislator late Thursday evening declared that the cabinet expansion won’t take place on Friday or even till Sunday as the CM is expected to be in Delhi to attend the Niti Aayog meeting. So, he claimed the next ‘’mahurat’’ is likely to be only after the next Supreme Court hearing slated for August 8.

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