Fad­navis to get in 10 new min­is­ters

CAB­I­NET EX­PAN­SION TO­DAY CM to reshuf­fle port­fo­lios af­ter Khadse’s res­ig­na­tion

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - FRONT PAGE - Ke­taki Ghoge and Kunal Puro­hit ht­metro@hin­dus­tan­times.com

Nearly 21 months af­ter Deven­dra Fad­navis took up the reins in Ma­ha­rash­tra, the chief min­is­ter will carry out a cab­i­net ex­pan­sion on Fri­day, bring­ing in nine to ten new faces.

While Fad­navis is not ex­pected to drop any­one from his cab­i­net, he will reshuf­fle port­fo­lios es­pe­cially as eight are up for grabs af­ter his se­nior­most min­is­ter and ri­val, Ek­nath Khadse, quit.

The six likely new min­is­ters from the BJP are Pan­durang Fund­kar (MLC who hails from Buld­hana), Samb­haji Ni­langekar-Patil (Latur MLA), Jayku­mar Rawal (Dhule), Sub­hash Desh­mukh (Solapur), Madan Yer­awar (Ya­vat­mal), and Ravin­dra Cha­van (Dom­bivli). They are a mix from dif­fer­ent re­gions in­clud­ing North Ma­ha­rash­tra, Vi­darbha, Marath­wada. All six vis­ited the CM’s of­fi­cial res­i­dence Var­sha late on Thursday night for a meet­ing. Fad­navis’ long-awaited re­jig will be prompted as much by the ‘per­for­mance po­ten­tial’ of the can­di­date as by his ‘po­lit­i­cal worth’ as BJP plans to ex­pand its re­gional base in the up­com­ing lo­cal self-gov­ern­ment polls that will start from this Oc­to­ber it­self. OTHER AL­LIES

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