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    MMTC held 49.78 per cent stake in Neelanchal as of March 31, 2018.

    With Yediyurappa making it clear that 11 of the disqualified JDS-Congress MLAs who got re-elected in the December 5 bypolls on BJP tickets will be made ministers, lobbying has been on within the party for the remaining ministerial berths. Currently there are 18 ministers, including the Chief Minister, in the cabinet that has a sanctioned strength is 34.

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi is meeting economists and experts at the Niti Aayog to discuss the state of economy and steps to be taken to revive growth which is estimated to drop to 5 per cent during the current fiscal.

    Instead of Railway Board Members for Traffic, Rolling Stock, Traction and Engineering, the newly constituted Board will have Members for Operation, Business Development, Human Resources, Infrastructure and Finance, said source.

    Thackeray was sworn in as Chief Minister on November 28 with six ministers, two each from the Shiv Sena, Congress and NCP. The cabinet expansion is likely to see the entry of senior NCP leaders Ajit Pawar, Dilip Walse Patil, Hassan Mushrif and Jitendra Awhad. All eyes had been on the expansion for multiple reasons.

    PM Narendra Modi was in Tumakuru to release the third instalment of the Pradhan Mantri Kisan Samman Nidhi Yojana to beneficiaries from across the country and spoke to thousands of farmers present. Chief minister BS Yediyurappa sought funds to complete pending irrigation projects.

    Chief Minister Jagan Mohan Reddy had indicated on December 17 that Andhra Pradesh could have three capitals as decentralization was a real concept. The existing capital Amaravati which is only in the basic stages of development could become the "Legislative Capital", port city Visakhapatnam the "Executive Capital" and Kurnool the "Judiciary Capital"

    Recently there was some speculation within the BJP circles that all disqualified legislators who contested the bypolls on the party ticket will be made Ministers, irrespective of whether they win or not, and MLC option was being considered to make them ministers.

    The meeting was seen as show of loyalty to the Congress high command and it’s first family at a time when the state Congress, in reality, is the junior most partner in the coalition government in Maharashtra.

    Shiv Sena ministers Eknath Shinde and Subhash Desai, Congress ministers Balasaheb Thorat and Nitin Raut and NCP ministers Chhagan Bhujbal and Jayant Patil were seen arriving at the venue of the meeting in south Mumbai. Thackeray heads the 'Maharashtra Vikas Aghadi' of three parties.

    The meeting is significant as Congress has been seeking plum portfolios for Ashok Chavan and Prithviraj Chavan. Sena has not been keen on having the two leaders in the government and its mouthpiece “Saamana’ even called the two leaders ‘old grooms’.

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