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
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