A Day after stepping aside from the post of the Maharashtra Nationalist Congress Party president, Bhaskar Jadhav was inducted in the state Cabinet Thursday. Governor K Sankaranarayanan administered the oath of office to Jadhav.
While Jadhav, a former minister of state who was dropped a year ago and named the state NCP chief, comes in following the resignation of water resources minister Sunil Tatkare, he is unlikely to be given Tatkare’s portfolio.
Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar’s trusted aide Hasan Mushrif, who is in charge of the state’s labour welfare department, is tipped to replace Tatkare in the water resources department. Jadhav will replace him in the labour welfare department.
Both Jadhav and Tatkare hail from the Konkan belt and have trained guns on each other in the past.
With debate still ongoing on corruption in the irrigation sector and the alleged involvement of Tatkare and Pawar in these, sources in the NCP said that the party top brass has decided against assigning the portfolio to Jadhav.
Another NCP functionary pointed out that Mushrif’s appointment would also mean that Pawar retains control over the department.
Earlier, on Wednesday, Tatkare resigned from the cabinet after being appointed as the NCP state chief in Jadhav’s place