Unlike PM Narendra Modi's Cabinet expansion where no Shiv Sena leader was awarded a ministerial berth, Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis inducted two Shiv Sena leaders as ministers.
Three days after after reportedly voicing that his party was “hurt” by the treatment meted out to it during Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Cabinet expansion in New Delhi, Shiv Sena chief Udhav Thackeray today skipped the oath taking ceremony of 11 minsters in Maharashtra.
Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis expanded his Cabinet today, with 11 ministers, including 10 new faces taking oath at the swearing-in ceremony held in Mumbai.
Unlike PM Modi’s Cabinet expansion where no Shiv Sena leader was awarded a ministerial berth, Fadnavis inducted two Shiv Sena leaders as ministers.
According to sources, Thackeray had asked for the elevation of a minister of state to a Cabinet minister for which Fadnavis was not ready.
However, in a late night development on Thursday, the Chief Minister assured Shiv Sena that it would get the home department portfolio.
Senior Shiv Sena ministers Diwakar Raote and Subhash Desai had met Mr Fadnavis and Mr Thackeray separately. A stormy meeting of party legislators was held at Matoshree (Uddhav’s residence), at which it was decided that they would participate in the Cabinet expansion.
Sources said that several legislators were opposed to joining the Cabinet.
They cited that the party was insulted by BJP president Amit Shah before the Union Cabinet expansion. However, their voices were drowned out by the party ministers. The ministers succeeded in convincing Mr Thackeray to accept the Chief Minister’s offer.
The portfolios were rendered vacant after the resignation of senior minister Eknath Khadse over corruption charges last month.
Earlier on Tuesday, Thackeray was quoted as saying, “The party’s view has been that we would not go begging to BJP for any ministerial berths. If they give us berths honourably and as per our demands then fine. We had some specific demands which we asked for or else we did not want any berths from them.”
(with inputs from agencies)