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Maharashtra: Cabinet announced, Shiv Sena keeps key portfolios

Uddhav Thackeray led Maharashtra Vikas Aghadi government has announced its cabinet portfolios fortnight after coming to power. The key portfolios, including Home Ministry and Urban Development, Industry and Environment have been retained by the Shiv Sena.

According to the portfolio arrangement between the tripartite–Congress, Shiv Sena, and NCP– Subhash Desai of Shiv Sena has been given Industry, Higher and Technical Education, Sports, and Youth Employment. Eknath Shinde of Shiv Sena will have Home, Urban Development, Forest, Environment, Water Supply, Irrigation, Tourism, PWD and Parliamentary affairs.

While NCP, is the second-largest stakeholder in the alliance, its leader Chagan Bhujbal has been allocated Rural Development, Water Resources, Finance, Housing and Health, Cooperatives, Food and Civil Supplies.

Nitin Raut of Congress gets PWD Tribal Development, OBC Development, Women and Child Development, Textile, and Relief and Rehabilitation. Another senior Congress leader and minister in the state government Balasaheb Thorat, has been given Revenue, Energy, Medical Education, School Education, Animal Husbandry and Dairy Development, Fisheries.

Chief minister Thackeray has not taken up any responsibility, but it is said that he will keep the departments not allocated to any minister. The rest of the Cabinet expansion is likely to take place after the winter session of the state legislature ends on December 21.

The portfolio allocation comes amid several rumours of growing differences among the three partners in the alliance over portfolio-sharing.

Putting an end to the political upheaval in Maharashtra, Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray was sworn in as the 18th chief minister of Maharashtra on November 28.

In the Assembly elections held in October, BJP and Shiv Sena had contested the polls together and got 105 and 56 seats, respectively. However, the two parties had a fallout over power-sharing of the chief ministerial post, as Shiv Sena wanted it to be its pocket.



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