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Shiv Sena-NCP-Congress government yet to reach understanding over portfolios

According to insiders, Congress had agreed to eight Cabinet and five ministers of state berths but the party changed its position and began insisting on one more Cabinet berth, especially after senior party leaders, such as Ashok Chavan and Prithviraj Chavan, began exerting pressure on the leadership.

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Dec 08, 2019, 11.18 PM IST
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An NCP leader said, as a compromise, Jayant Patil could become deputy chief minister and Pawar could head the home department.
Mumbai: It has been over a week since the Shiv Sena-NCP-Congress government took charge in Maharashtra but the trio is yet to reach an understanding over portfolios.

Even the six Cabinet ministers, who were sworn in along with chief minister Uddhav Thackeray on November 28, haven’t been allocated ministries.

According to insiders, Congress had agreed to eight Cabinet and five ministers of state berths but the party changed its position and began insisting on one more Cabinet berth, especially after senior party leaders, such as Ashok Chavan and Prithviraj Chavan, began exerting pressure on the leadership.

The expansion of the Thackeray ministry is also being delayed due to the changing positions of Shiv Sena and NCP over the home department and other portfolios. Prior to government-formation, it was agreed that NCP would head home, however, according to one of the people mentioned above, Sena has now staked claim to both the home and urban development ministries.

Division within NCP over who should get the home ministry is also delaying the allocation. While Ajit Pawar’s supporters are seeking the home ministry for him, others in NCP aren’t in favour of the demand.

An NCP leader said, as a compromise, Jayant Patil could become deputy chief minister and Pawar could head the home department.

The expansion of the state Cabinet is taking much longer than expected. And despite state Congress chief Balasaheb Thorat, also a Cabinet minister in the new government, claiming recently that expansion would happen ‘in the next couple of days’.

Meanwhile, NCP leader and fellow Cabinet minister Chhagan Bhujbal indicated that the expansion might happen in the second half of the month. Bhujbal, who was in Pune, said: “The Cabinet expansion is likely to happen a day after the Nagpur winter session ends.”

The Nagpur winter session begins on December 16 and is expected to run for about a week.
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