Ma­ha­rash­tra BJP Plans Ma­jor Re­jig in Party, Cab­i­net

While BJP’s state chief Raosa­heb Danve may be re­placed, min­is­ters like Pankaja Munde may lose port­fo­lios

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New Delhi: The BJP is mulling a ma­jor shakeup in Ma­ha­rash­tra both within the Cab­i­net and the party. The rul­ing party’s state and mum­bai unit pres­i­dents may be re­placed and some se­nior BJP min­is­ters may be on their way out, ac­cord­ing to se­nior party lead­ers in Delhi and Ma­ha­rash­tra. There are signs that BJP’s state chief Raosa­heb Danve and some other high-pro­file min­is­ters in Deven­dra Fad­navis gov­ern­ment would be re­placed.

Danve’s term has been char­ac­terised mostly for his con­tro­ver­sial state­ments, which have landed both him and his party in trou­ble. An opin­ion has been formed within the BJP that keep­ing Danve the state chief for a few more months will only dam­age the party. There are ef­forts to en­sure that Danve gets a re­spectable exit by and be made a min­is­ter of state in Cen­tre’s up­com­ing reshuf­fle.

While Danve is in trou­ble for his con­tro­ver­sial re­marks, state min­is­ter of higher and tech­ni­cal ed­u­ca­tion Vinod Tawde may be on his way out too due to his term be­ing termed as ‘lack­lus­tre’

There is talk in the party that Tawde has not per­formed in the ‘de­sired man­ner’, ac­cord­ing to a BJP leader in Delhi. “He got into un­nec­es­sary tiffs with JJ dean TP La­hane and the cur­rent re­sult fi­asco of Mum­bai Uni­ver­sity fur­ther shows that he has not been able to run his min­istry prop­erly,” said the leader.

Heavy­weights like ru­ral de­vel­op­ment min­is­ter Pankaja Munde are also un­der the scan­ner. While she is ex­pected to re­tain her Cab­i­net post, she may be shifted to a less sig­nif­i­cant min­istry.

Hous­ing min­is­ter Prakash Me­hta, who has bee em­broiled in a host of con­tro­ver­sies over his and his fam­ily’s deal­ings in Slum Re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion Author­ity projects, also faces the pos­si­bil­ity of be­ing shunted out from the Cab­i­net or be given a dif­fer­ent min­istry.

While Pankaja will re­main in the

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