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Last update: August 07, 2022, 00:02 IST

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Maharashtra Chief Minister Eknath Shinde took over on June 30 following a rebellion in the Shiv Sena following Uddhav Thackeray’s resignation. (Image: PTI/File)

Cabinet expansion will happen soon, Maharashtra Chief Minister Eknath Shinde was reluctant to ask questions about the delay.

Maharashtra Chief Minister Eknath Shinde clarified on Saturday that the delay in expansion of the Council of Ministers has not affected the functioning of the state government and more ministers will be inducted soon. Shinde made the remarks while replying to questions about the delay in the expansion of the Maharashtra Council of Ministers since the change of guard in the state on June 30.

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After the resignation of Uddhav Thackeray, there was a rebellion in the Shiv Sena and Shinde assumed office on June 30. BJP leader Devendra Fadnavis of the BJP-backed government led by Shinde, who led the rebellion in the Shiv Sena fold, took oath as the Deputy Chief Minister. “The work of the government has not been affected in any way. The decision-making process has not been affected. I and the Deputy Chief Minister are taking decisions and there is no impact on the functioning of the government,” Shinde said while talking to reporters.

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Shinde is in the capital to attend the Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav National Committee meeting chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday evening and the NITI Aayog Governing Council meeting on Sunday. Shinde said that this visit to Delhi has nothing to do with the expansion of the Council of Ministers.

The Chief Minister avoided asking questions about the delay in the expansion of the cabinet at the earliest. Earlier this week, Fadnavis was in the national capital for a meeting with the BJP leadership to discuss the political situation in the state, even as the Supreme Court continued to hear several petitions regarding government change in Maharashtra.

Shinde, unwell and advised by doctors to rest, stayed in Mumbai. Shinde and Fadnavis have held the fort as a two-member cabinet, awaiting the Supreme Court’s decision before inducting new members into the cabinet.

The Supreme Court is likely to hear the petitions related to the formation of the Maharashtra government on Monday.

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