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Maharashtra Cabinet Expansion: Indian politics on its peak

Maharashtra Cabinet expansion: Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari administered the oath of office to 18 MLAs as Maharashtra ministers today.

The Maharashtra cabinet, led by Chief Minister Eknath Shinde, was expanded on Tuesday, more than five weeks after the new government was sworn in on June 30. Today, Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari swore in 18 Maharashtra legislators as ministers.

Since June 30, the Maharashtra government has been essentially a two-man government, consisting of CM Eknath Shinde and his deputy Devendra Fadnavis.

However, nine MLAs from the BJP and the Shinde camp took their oaths as Maharashtra ministers today at Raj Bhavan in Mumbai in front of Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari. The nine BJP leaders who took oath as ministers in Maharashtra’s Cabinet include Chandrakant Patil and Vijay Kumar Gavit.

Uday Samant, Dada Bhuse, Sandipan Bhumre, Rajendra Patil Yadravkar, Shambhuraj Desai, Gulabrao Patil, Sanjay Shirsat, Deepak Kesarkar, and Bachchu Kadu are among those who took the oath today from the Shinde camp.

Uday Samant, Gulabrao Patil, Dada Bhuse, Sandipan Bhumre, Shambhuraj Desai, Bachchu Kadu and Rajendra Patil Yedravkar, and CM Shinde were all members of Uddhav Thackeray’s Maharashtra Vikas Aghadi (MVA) government.

While from the BJP, ministers include Chandrakant Patil, Sudhir Mungantiwar, Girish Mahajan, Radhakrishna Vikhe Patil, Suresh Khade, Atul Save, Mangalprabhat Lodha, Vijaykumar Gavit, and Ravindra Chavan.

The current BJP Maharashtra State President is Chandrakant Patil, and previous ministers include Atul Save, Sudhir Mungatiwar, and Vijaykumar Gavit.

Maharashtra Cabinet Expansion: Background

After Uddhav Thackeray resigned as Chief Minister following a rebellion led by Shinde, Eknath Shinde took oath as Chief Minister of Maharashtra on June 30.

The fight between the BJP and the Shinde-led Sena would be over lucrative portfolios such as the Home Ministry or the Finance Ministry. While the Shinde camp claims that the current formation is possible because of their rebellion and that they should be given the plum portfolios. BJP leaders would argue that because they are the single largest party by a wide margin, they should be given the coveted portfolios.

The opposition NCP and Shiv Sena have been criticising the current government for not expanding the government and have asked him why the cabinet expansion has been delayed.

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