Last update: 05 Aug 2022, 21:27 IST
The much-awaited cabinet reshuffle in Maharashtra, where the new government has been in office for more than a month, will take place before August 15, a prominent member of the rebel Shiv Sena camp said on Friday. Chief Minister Eknath Shinde and BJP deputy Devendra Fadnavis took oath on June 30 and are currently the only members of the state cabinet.
Rebel MLA of Shiv Sena and former minister Uday Samant said while talking to reporters that the cabinet led by Shinde will be expanded before August 15. Samant, a spokesperson for the Sena’s rebel faction led by Shinde, said the guardian minister would unfurl the tricolor. in their respective districts on Independence Day.
A Guardian Minister is appointed to look after the development plans and related activities of each district. This is an additional responsibility given to the members of the Cabinet. Meanwhile, the opposition Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) slammed the Shinde government over the delay in cabinet expansion and questioned whether it was not getting a ‘muhurta’ (auspicious time) to practice.
The Sharad Pawar-led party said that both Shinde faction and BJP leaders have repeatedly said that the cabinet expansion would be done “soon”, but nothing has happened yet. NCP State Spokesperson Mahesh Cheghe said that it has been announced more than 20 times that the cabinet expansion will happen soon.
We demand immediate relief to the farmers whose crops were damaged due to the recent heavy rains and floods, he said.
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