Ajit Pawar of NCP, who was appointed Deputy Chief Minister along with Devendra Fadnavis in BJP’s three-day government in Mumbai Maharashtra last month, could be made Finance Minister in the new government led by Uddhav Thackeray. Shiv Sena, NCP and Congress Ministers forming coalition government in Maharashtra are negotiating arrangements for sharing in ministerial posts. Sources said that NCP’s Jayant Patil, who was already sworn in as a minister, can be made home minister along with the deputy chief minister. As per the temporary agreement, Shiv Sena with 56 MLAs can get 10 portfolios, NCP with 54 MLAs can get seven ministers and one deputy chief minister. The Congress has 44 MLAs and can be given six ministerial posts along with the speaker. A partnership in the portfolio is being decided keeping in mind the political needs and wishes of each party in the alliance.
Sources said that NCP’s Jayant Patil, who was already sworn in as a minister, can be made home minister along with the deputy chief minister.
Cabinet expansion after 16 December
Cabinet expansion and portfolio allocation in Maharashtra will take place after the end of the five-day winter session of the state assembly. The session ends on 16 December. In Maharashtra, separate coalition parties have a tradition of holding the office of Chief Minister and Home Minister.