A total of seven ministers, including four cabinet and three MoS rank, from the state took oath on Thursday. The other BJP faces in the cabinet from Maharashtra are Nitin Gadkari, Prakash Javadekar, Piyush Goyal and Sanjay Dhotre. Shiv Sena’s Arvind Sawant and Republican Party of India’s Ramdas Athawale also made it to the council of ministers.
Among Maratha voters in Aurangabad, there is some resentment against Khaire for not actively supporting their cause. Aurangabad city witnessed the worst rioting when a bandh called by protesting Marathas turned violent in August 2018.
The Shiv Sena and the BJP ironed out their creases after state Minister Arjun Khotkar withdrew his demand to be allowed to contest the Lok Sabha election from Jalna. Raosaheb Patil Danve tells The Indian Express why he feels the ‘Modi-wave’ is greater than it was in 2014.