Fadnavis to get in 10 new ministers
CABINET EXPANSION TODAY CM to reshuffle portfolios after Khadse’s resignation
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