After a surprising reshuffle at Centre by Narendra Modi government on Tuesday, BJP lead Maharashtra government is all set for a reshuffle on Friday.
Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis is expanding his state cabinet on July 8 to fill up portfolios rendered vacant after the resignation of senior minister Eknath Khadse over corruption charges last month.
The Maha CM has been handling a lion share of portfolios after the resignation of his senior cabinet colleague Khadse. Eknath had 10 portfolios when he was a minister in the Maha government.
“The Cabinet expansion will be held tomorrow,” said a senior government official.
The expansion comes ahead of the Monsoon session starting July 18 and two days before Fadnavis begins his four-day Russia tour on July 10.
At present, there are 29 ministers in the state Cabinet, of whom 10 are from Shiv Sena and the remaining 19 belong to the BJP.
BJP’s ally and a partner in Maharashtra government Shiv Sena is hoping to get two to three births in Fadnavis’ cabinet as they did not get any additional portfolio in New Delhi.
BJP and Shiv Sena have already decided on a power sharing formula before Fadnavis was made the Chief Minister and sources say that the same formula will continue on Friday- expansion.
The Fadnavis government, which has 19 Cabinet ministers and 10 Ministers of State, has 14 more berths to fill. It is not known if all berths will be filled tomorrow.
BJP allies – Sadabhau Khot of Swabhimani Paksha and Mahadev Jankar of Rashtriya Samaj Paksha – are likely to be inducted.
There’s no word yet on Shiv Sena’s participation, in the backdrop of BJP giving its ally a cold shoulder in the recent Union Cabinet expansion.
Phadanvis met the BJP National President and Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday, a day before the reshuffle of the Union Cabinet.