Ten new min­is­ters sworn in, CM to al­lo­cate port­fo­lios to­day


Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - Live - - FRONT PAGE - HT Correspondent

MUM­BAI: Deven­dra Fad­navis ex­panded his min­istry on Fri­day in­duct­ing ten new faces but put off port­fo­lio al­lo­ca­tion to Satur­day. Spec­u­la­tion was rife through the day on who would get what, but the chief min­is­ter played his cards close to his chest.

In a turn­around from its ag­gres­sive stance, the Shiv Sena, which had to make do with two ju­nior min­is­ter posts in the ex­pan­sion, said it was not un­happy.

Of the ten new min­is­ters, six were from the BJP, two from the Sena, and one each from the Rashtriya Sa­maj Pak­sha and the Swab­hi­mani Pak­sha. Min­is­ter of state Ram Shinde (BJP was el­e­vated to cab­i­net rank.

Though there was no of­fi­cial word, the cru­cial rev­enue port­fo­lio is likely to go to pub­lic works min­is­ter Chan­drakant Patil, and agri­cul­ture to Pan­durang Phund­kar, an old BJP hand and three time party MP. The buzz

was that the co­op­er­a­tive sec­tor heavy­weight from So­la­pur, Sub­hash Desh­mukh, could get the im­por­tant co­op­er­a­tion depart­ment that con­trols the

ru­ral econ­omy, but this had not fi­nalised till late on Fri­day evening.


CM Deven­dra Fad­navis (left) greets Pan­durang Phund­kar, as gov­er­nor Ch Vidyasagar Rao looks on.

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