Ma­jor changes likely in state Cab­i­net

Sources say Maha Swab­hi­man Party leader Narayan Rane is des­per­ate for an en­try

The Free Press Journal - - MUMBAI - VIVEK BHAVSAR

The Cen­tral lead­er­ship of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has in­formed Ma­ha­rash­tra Chief Min­is­ter Deven­dra Fad­navis to take a fi­nal call on a Cab­i­net reshuf­fle even if the Shiv Sena quits from the state gov­ern­ment over the is­sue of the in­duc­tion of Narayan Rane into the state cab­i­net. How­ever, the reshuf­fle would de­pend on re­sults in the Gu­jarat Assem­bly polls and would be take place in the last week of De­cem­ber.

The much-awaited Cab­i­net reshuf­fle of the state cab­i­net would be ex­er­cised in the last week of De­cem­ber as the re­sult of polls in Gu­jarat would be de­clared on De­cem­ber 18 and the win­ter ses­sion of the state Assem­bly at Nag­pur will fin­ish on De­cem­ber 22.

Ac­cord­ing to a BJP in­sider, Narayan Rane, leader of Ma­ha­rash­tra Swab­hi­man Party (MSP) is des­per­ate to join the Cab­i­net and he has con­veyed his dis­sat­is­fac­tion with the chief min­is­ter.

Rane had suo motu dis­closed that he alone would be in­ducted into the state Cab­i­net be­fore the win­ter ses­sion be­gins, sched­uled from De­cem­ber 11.

“Rane’s ea­ger­ness and breach of po­lit­i­cal se­crecy has post­poned his en­trance into the state Cab­i­net,” a se­nior BJP min­is­ter re­vealed on the rea­son be­hind why Rane has been kept out­side the gov­ern­ment till now.

The leader fur­ther said, “Fad­navis has to al­lot a good port­fo­lio to Rane and ob­vi­ously, he has to dis­ap­point any min­is­ter whose port­fo­lio would be given to Rane. Fad­navis has to face an­noy­ance from such min­is­ters and he does not want to por­tray him­self as a vil­lain among his col­leagues.”

The party in­sider claimed that the Cen­tral lead­er­ship has in­formed Fad­navis to re­place Vinod Tawde, min­is­ter for school ed­u­ca­tion with Ashish She­lar, city chief of the party. Again, this will be em­bar­rass­ing for Fad­navis as there is no in­struc­tion about po­lit­i­cal re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion of Tawde af­ter his re­moval from the Cab­i­net.

Mean­while, the Shiv Sena has an eye on Gu­jarat polls. If BJP’s per­for­mance will be bad and it wins be­low 100 seats, the Sena can with­draw its sup­port from the BJP gov­ern­ment in the state. How­ever, if Sena feels the po­lit­i­cal sit­u­a­tion is not good, they would con­tinue in the gov­ern­ment and would change some faces in the state Cab­i­net. Ac­cord­ing to a Sena in­sider, Sub­hash De­sai, in­dus­tries min­is­ter, would be re­placed by Anil Parab and Dr Deepak Sawant, min­is­ter for pub­lic health, would be asked to resign from his post.

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