Devendra Fadnavis’ team: Portfolios allocated; BJP retains key departments

Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis will keep Home, Urban Development, General Administration, Law and Judiciary with himself.

By: Press Trust of India Written by Shubhangi Khapre | Mumbai | Updated: December 6, 2014 8:46 pm
 The move is being seen as an attempt by the new government to clear all boards and corporations of individuals appointed by the previous Congress-NCP government. Fadnavis had already made it clear that there won’t be a post of Deputy CM in his government.

Maharashtra chief minister Devendra Fadnavis on Saturday allocated the portfolios with BJP clearly having an upper hand as it managed to retain 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 Sena was vying during talks.

The Shiv Sena which was engaged in a hard bargain appears to have settled for industry, public works department (MSRDC), health, environment and transport. Despite week long negotiations BJP managed to scrap the deputy chief minister post and also ensured home was not negotiable.

However, BJP’s flexibility to offer energy was turned down as Sena preferred transport and industries. However, health is a very significant portflios which the Sena wants to exploit to its advantage.

The senior BJP minister Girish Bapat has been entrusted with ministry of food and civil supplies, food and drug administration and parliamentary affairs. The water resources ministry which was controversial following alleged irrigation scams has been vested with senior (MLA) Girish Mahajan.

The energy portflio where BJP intends to bring major reforms reckoning the challenges ahead has been given to Chandrashekhar Bawankule. The big budget ministry of social justice goes to Rajkumar Badole and water supply and sanitation to Babanrao Lonikar.

In Shiv Sena senior cabinet minister Subash Desai gets industries, Eknath Shinde wrests PWD (MSRDC, Public Undertaking), Ramdas Kadam holds environment, Deepak Sawant who is medical doctor by profession gets health and family welfare and Diwakar Raote has been given transport ministry.

On Friday 20 ministers including ten each from BJP and Shiv Sena took the oath of office. It includes ten cabinet rank and ten Ministers of State rank.

Some changes that were done includes divesting the portflio of industries from Prakash Mehta (BJP) to accommodate Subash Desai (Shiv Sena). Mehta has been given housing, mining and labour.

A senior Sena functionary said, “At the beginning we did bargain for the post of deputy chief minister and home. As we believed that our participation should be on equal terms. But we did not pursue as BJP offered us other plum portfolios which has more urban connect.”

The Sena also explained, “The BJP has also agreed to accommodate Anil Desia at centre with a cabinet rank or minister of state (independent rank) ahead.

The Sena has taken resource in the factor that BJP conceded to their demand for swapping industies which was earlier held by Congress minister Narayan Rane. The Sena feels BJP has tried to accommodate some of their concerns by given better choice to their MoS ministers in terms of portflios.

At present the total strength of Fadnavis government is 30 ministers. It includes 18 cabinet rank and 12 ministers of state rank. The final list along with ministers from both Sena and BJP are as follows:

Interestingly, Fadnavis who holds home ministry has shortlisted two dynamic and young BJP candidates as MoS rank — Ranjit Patil (home urban) and Ram Shinde (home urban).

List of 18 cabinet ranks ministers–

Ministers of BJP and Portfolios

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Devendra Fadnavis (CM) : Home, Urban Development, law& Judiciary, Ports, tourism, Information and Public relations and all others not allocated.

Eknath Khadse ( Revenue, Minorities Welfare, Wakf, Relief and Rehabilitation, Animal Husbandry and Fisheries); Sudhir Mungantiwar (Finance and Planning, Forest), Vinod Tawde (Education, school, higher technical and medical); Prakash Mehta ( Housing, Mining and Labour); Chandrakant Patil (Cooperation, Marketing and PWD (Excluding MSRDC); Pankaja Munde (Rural development an water conservation); Vishnu Savra (Tribal development); Girish Bapat (Food and Civil Supplies, Food and Drug Administration and Parliamentary affairs); Girish Mahajan (water resources)

Ministers of Shiv Sena and portfolios

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Subash Desai (Industries); Diwakar Raote ( Transport), Deepak Sawant (Health and Family Welfare); Ramdas Kadam (Environment), Eknath Shinde (PWD—MSRDC )

List of MoS (12)–

MoS (BJP) : 7

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Dilip Kamble : Social justice; Vidya Thakur (Woman and Child Development); Ram Shinde (Home Rural, Public health); Vijay Deshmukh
(PWD—MSRDC); Pravin Pote (Industries, environment), Ranjit Patil (home urban, GAD, tourism), Ambarish Atram Raje (tribal development)

MoS (Shiv Sena) : 5

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Sanjay Rathod (Revenue); Dadaji Bhuse (Cooperation); Vijay Shivtare (Water resources); Deepak Kesarkar (Finance and Rural Development); Ravidnra Waikar (Housing, higher technical education)

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