Five BJP MPs from Maharashtra may feature in Narendra Modi’s Cabinet

Maharashtra is likely to be represented by at least five Cabinet ministers; Gadkari, Munde are front-runners.

Written by Shubhangi Khapre | Mumbai | Published:May 24, 2014 10:05 pm

Maharashtra is likely to be represented by at least five Cabinet ministers, including former BJP president Nitin Gadkari and senior BJP leader Gopinath Munde, in the Narendra Modi government in Delhi.

While Gadkari and Munde seem certain to get ministerial berths, the other probables for three slots are Jalna MP Raosaheb Danwe, Chandrapur MP Hansraj Ahir, Ahmednagar MP Dilip Gandhi, Dindori MP Harsihchandra Chavan, Mumbai North East MP Kirit Somaiya and national BJP treasurer Piyush Goyal.

On Saturday, Maharashtra BJP president Devendra Fadnavis met Modi at Gujarat Bhawan in Delhi. This was the first formal meeting Fadnavis held with Modi after their party’s magnificent victory in the Lok Sabha elections.

Maharashtra was second only to UP in electing BJP MPs. While the BJP-Shiv Sena alliance won 42 of the total 48 LS seats in the state, BJP alone won 23.

According to a senior leader who was present at the meeting at Gujarat Bhawan, “The discussion between Modi and Fadnavis veered around Maharashtra BJP’s representation in the government at the Centre. Modi sought Fadnavis’s views on probable candidates and his recommendations.”

Sources close to Fadnavis said he recommended names of eight to nine candidates, factoring in different regions and caste-community composition in the state.

The cotton belt of Vidarbha region, which delivered 10 out of 10 Lok Sabha seats, is likely to get two Cabinet ministers. Apart from Gadkari (Nagpur seat), Hansraj Ahir, who exposed the coal scam at the Centre that led to a CBI probe, also figures high on the list of probables.

Because of the constraint on size of the overall Cabinet, there is a possibility that BJP will have to chose between senior MPs Dilip Gandhi and Harishchandra Chavan. Sources said both may not be able to make it to the Cabinet.

One berth for Sena, none for RPI

BJP’s old and trusted ally Shiv Sena may get at least one Cabinet berth, for which Raigad MP Anant Gite is the front-runner. Republican Party of India chief Ramdas Athavale, who had been lobbying hard with BJP president Rajnath Singh, is unlikely to get any ministerial berth. The RPI lost in Satara, the lone seat it contested.

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    BigB
    May 24, 2014 at 4:58 pm
    Yeah right, 5 from Maha, 4 from MP, 8 from UP. Looks like we are going to have 100 cabinet ministers. Really lean ministry as Modi had suggested. This is called lobbying.
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    Umesh Kumar
    May 25, 2014 at 12:50 pm
    Modi's swearing in would be a gala and super g function. The preparations that are taking place are going to be unmatched. But doesn't this indicates pomposity. Modi has started his innings in Delhi by saying that his priorities will be poor centric. His g swearing in ceremony will have government funds spending. Shouldn't the BJP encourage austerity right from the beginning?
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    Umesh Kumar
    May 25, 2014 at 12:50 pm
    People will wait and watch the way Modi government works of Foreign Policy and also the internal policy. The only worry is that if RSS plays a major role and guides Modi to do what it wants then it may not turn out to be so good for the country. We just pray that Modi works with his objective mind on foreign relations and improve the internal condition of the country without having the influence of RSS on his decisions.
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    Umesh Kumar
    May 25, 2014 at 12:50 pm
    Presently after Congress defeat it does not have leaders that can be the leader of opposition in Lok Sabha. They do not have the numbers. Though Congress did not do so bad which has been made out by the people and other interest groups. Lots of development work was done by Congress Delhi govt. On the w in this election Congress did get good number of votes but could not get seats which means that Rahul's leadership was not disastrous as is being brought out.
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    Umesh Kumar
    May 25, 2014 at 12:50 pm
    Sonia hi has always been very protocol conscious. She always gave due position and due respect to PM Manmohan Singh during his tenure. She very gracefully conducted and attended all functions irrespective of her position. By consenting to attend Modi's swearing in ceremony Sonia and Rahul have again displa great maturity that goes beyond the feeling of defeat and victory and jealousy.
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    Umesh Kumar
    May 25, 2014 at 12:50 pm
    With the kind of performance that AAP showed in its government in delhi people were highly disappointed. After loosing badly in the lok sabha elections possibly the leaders themselves have got disappointed with the way things are going on in the party. Congress supported them inspite of their failings. Such mushrooming parties do not have stability and we should have known it before investing our trust in them and handing over power to these seasonal leaders.
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    Umesh Kumar
    May 25, 2014 at 12:50 pm
    With the mive mandate Modi has got an opportunity to rule the country on his own terms as opposed to the shackles of coalition that Congress faced. The people of India now expect Modi to come up to all the promises that he made during his election campaign. Lets see how Modi shapes this government. Hope he remembers his promises and works on them sincerely and democratically. It should not be forgotten that India is not Gujarat.
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    TIHARwale
    May 24, 2014 at 7:39 pm
    Quick job poor editing. BJP got 26 LS MPs in Gujrat and 25 LS MPs in Rajasthan how with 23 from Maharashtra became second behind UP in electing BJP MPs
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