Fadnavis team: Portfolios allocated
Mumbai: Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis today allocated portfolios to the twenty-member council of ministers, including 10 of the Shiv Sena, who were inducted into his expanded cabinet.
The Sena did not get any ‘crucial’ portfolios like Home, Revenue and Water Resources. Also, Fadnavis had already made it clear that there won’t be a post of Deputy CM in his government.
The cabinet ministers who had taken oath yesterday were Girish Bapat (BJP), Girish Mahajan (BJP), Diwakar Raote (Shiv Sena), Subhash Desai (SS), Ramdas Kadam (SS), Eknath Shinde (SS), Chandrashekhar Bawankule (BJP), Babanrao Lonikar (BJP), Dr Deepak Sawant (SS) and Rajkumar Badole (BJP).
Subhash Desai of the Shiv Sena, a close confidante of Uddhav Thackeray, was alloted the Industries portfolio, previously held by BJP leader Prakash Mehta.
Sena leader Diwakar Raote, currently a member of legislative council and former Mumbai Mayor, has been given the Transport portfolio.
Eknath Shinde of Sena, a third time MLA and Leader of Opposition till yesterday will hold the charge of Public Works (including Public Undertakings) in the state ministry.
Sena leader Dr Deepak Sawant, who is currently an MLC, has been alloted Public Health and Family Welfare department.
Ramdas Kadam of Sena, an MLC, and a former LoP, has been made in-charge of Environment portfolio.
BJP leader Girish Bapat, sixth term MLA from Kasba Peth in Pune has been alloted Food, Civil Supplies and Consumer Protection, Food and Drugs Administration and Parliamentary Affairs.
Girish Mahajan, fifth term BJP MLA from Jamner in Jalgaon will hold charge of Water Resources.
Chandrashekhar Bawankule of BJP, who is a third term MLA from Kamptee in Vidarbha has been alloted Energy, New and Renewable Energy portfolio.