After the worst-ever debacle in the LS polls, Maharashtra Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan will expand his ministry Thursday, in probably the last such exercise before the state goes to polls later this year.
According to sources in the Congress-NCP government, Chavan is likely to fill in three unoccupied ministerial slots of the Congress quota, including that of a Cabinet minister and two Ministers of State.
Congress legislators Amit Deshmukh, son of former Chief Minister late Vilasrao Deshmukh, Kalyan Kale and Rohidas Patil are among the probables from Congress.
The post of a cabinet minister, which falls under NCP’s share, is also vacant following the sacking of medical education minister Vijaykumar Gavit after his daughter Heena contested from Nandurbar seat in the LS polls on a BJP ticket against nine-term Congress MP Manikrao Gavit and won.
Besides, the term of NCP’s Minister of State for education, health and culture Fouzia Khan as MLC has ended.