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Maharashtra: BJP retains top seven departments, while Shiv Sena gets PWD, transport, health

Stands ground by not giving away home to Sena, scrapping dy CM post

Written by Shubhangi Khapre | Mumbai | Updated: December 7, 2014 8:01 pm
Devendra Fadnavis. Devendra Fadnavis.

Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis Saturday allocated portfolios to the newly inducted ministers with his party BJP clearly having an upper hand by retaining the top seven departments such as home, urban development, finance, revenue, water resources and energy.

Despite pressure, the chief minister has retained the most critical home department with himself along with urban development, which the Shiv Sena was vying for during power-sharing talks.

The Sena, following a hard bargain, appears to have settled for industry, public works department (MSRDC), health, environment and transport.

The BJP stood its ground by scrapping the deputy chief minister’s post. The party’s offer of energy portfolio was turned down as the Sena preferred transport and industries.

Senior BJP leader Girish Bapat has been entrusted with the departments of food and civil supplies, food and drug administration and parliamentary affairs.

The water resources portfolio, which had been controversial following alleged irrigation scams, has been given to senior MLA Girish Mahajan.

The big budget department of social justice has gone to Rajkumar Badole and water supply and sanitation to Babanrao Lonikar.

From the Shiv Sena, Subash Desai has got industries, Eknath Shinde PWD (MSRDC, Public Undertaking), Ramdas Kadam environment, while Deepak Sawant, a doctor by profession, has been given health and family welfare. Diwakar Raote has been given transport ministry.

On Friday, 20 ministers, 10 each from BJP and Shiv Sena, took the oath of office. Of these, 10 are Cabinet-rank ministers while 10 hold Ministers of State rank.

Some of the changes included taking away industries portfolio from Prakash Mehta of the BJP and handing it to Subash Desai of the Shiv Sena.

Mehta has been given housing, mining and labour.

“The BJP has also agreed to accommodate Anil Desia at the Centre with a cabinet rank or minister of state (independent) rank,” a senior Sena leader said.

At present, the total strength of the Fadnavis cabinet is 30, which includes 18 cabinet ministers and 12 ministers of state.

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  1. Ranganathan Balasubramanian
    Dec 7, 2014 at 8:59 am
    Now It is not the qurestion of upper hand or lower hand. It is clear that the people of maharastra wants a change and elected BJP and Sena as a co partner. Now What they are going to do for the people. There are lot of Major issues not only with Mumbai but also with entire Maharastra. Major proplums are like Water, Roads, Railways(Pune to sholapur doubling) construction of Over head bridges and removing of Toll on high ways among other major issues. Hope this can be achived by the Present CM with in a year or so.
    1. M
      Dec 7, 2014 at 10:20 am
      the victory of bjp-shiv sena is unnecessary spoiled by shiv sena. we also believe bjp and shiv sena are the natural ally and for the greater sake of nation and hinduism, the issue of allocation of portfolios and posts should not come in the way as a hurdle. pls imagine if at the first instance itself ss agrees allying with bjp and takes oath on day 1 with bjp in shivaji park maidan, how enthusiastic environment would have been. Anyway forget past and move ahead with keeping 2 things in mind: 1. seat sharing and portfolio/post allocation shall not be an issue now onwards and 2. ss mouthpiece samna should be decent in writing about bjp.Long live both the parties together and see that party like MIM shall not be able to expand its wings in maharashtra. Bjp must take care ss and guide properly to grow in Maharashtra.
      1. M
        Dec 7, 2014 at 7:44 am
        As per strength, it is a perfect balance. No ministry is good or bad it all depends on how you handle the same. SS has a good scope to improve BMC which will him to get more seats in future. It now all depends upon how the show is managed for next 5 years otherwise congress & NCP are sitting like crow to grab the opportunity. Ministers should forget the personal gains or gain to their leaders and ensure lots of work pending on priority. I wish all the bests to w team.
        1. R
          Dec 7, 2014 at 7:06 am
          There is nothing wrong in that since BJP has around double the number of seats as of Sena. I think the media is creating unnecessary problems in this situation.
          1. R
            Dec 8, 2014 at 11:13 am
            Now joint loot
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