Ten new ministers sworn in, CM to allocate portfolios today
FOR A STRONGER CABINET
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.