Mumbai: The wait is finally over, as Chief Minister Eknath Shinde, who has been running a two-man government with his deputy Devendra Fadnavis since June 30, will expand his cabinet on Tuesday.
Eighteen ministers, comprising nine from the BJP and from the Shinde camp, are inducted the cabinet. The next round of expansion would take place at a later date.
After landing at the Nanded airport to inspect the flood-hit areas in Nanded and Hingoli, Shinde said, “The names of MLAs who will take oath as ministers are being finalised. You will come to know. The MLAs will be finalised by tonight (Monday) or tomorrow (Tuesday).
A total of 18 ministers will take oath.
Nine Ministers from Shinde faction:
Nine from BJP are:
Shinde has made seven visits to New Delhi in the last one month, and with every visit there was talk that the ministry expansion was round the corner.
Leader of Opposition in the state assembly, Ajit Pawar (NCP), said Shinde had promised a ministerial berth to every MLA who joined him. “Now he is unable to fulfil his promise, hence the delay in expansion. The chief minister should disclose reasons for the delay,” he added.
Pawar also said there has been no invitation to him so far from the government for Tuesday’s cabinet expansion. It is clear that not all of the 40 rebel Sena MLAs will get the berth, he added.