Sena, BJP spar over cab­i­net ex­pan­sion

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - NEWS - Ke­taki Ghoge ke­taki.ghoge@hin­dus­tan­times.com

MUM­BAI: The saf­fron al­lies could be headed for an­other show­down, this time over the pro­posed state cab­i­net ex­pan­sion. While the Shiv Sena, buoyed by the BJP’s de­feat in the Bi­har As­sem­bly polls, is de­mand­ing two more cab­i­net berths, the BJP lead­er­ship is clear that they can only of­fer two ju­nior — min­is­ter of state (MoS) — posts.

“Shiv Sena and our pow­er­shar­ing for­mula was de­cided when they joined the gov­ern­ment. There can be no dis­pute on that. They will get two MoS berths,” a se­nior BJP min­is­ter told HT.

The Sena, how­ever, has spelt out its am­bi­tions. Se­nior Sena leader and in­dus­tries min­is­ter Subhash De­sai said, “That agree­ment was made a year ago... things have now changed. There are de­mands from some quar­ters and a dis­cus­sion within our party that we should get two cab­i­net-rank port­fo­lios, even though we have not made a for­mal de­mand so far.”

De­sai added that the BJP is yet to com­mu­ni­cate to them about the cab­i­net ex­pan­sion.

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