Maharashtra Cabinet expansion Highlights: The Eknath Shinde government added 18 ministers to the state Cabinet on Tuesday. The oath-taking ceremony took place at the Raj Bhavan in Mumbai in the presence of Deputy CM Devendra Fadnavis and Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari.
BJP state president Chandrakant Patil, Radhakrishna Vikhe Patil, and Uday Samant are among those inducted into the state Cabinet. Meanwhile, the induction of Sanjay Rathod was opposed by state BJP vice president, Chitra Wagh. “It is very unfortunate that former minister Sanjay Rathod, who caused the death of Pooja Chavan, has been given the post of minister again. I will continue my fight against Sanjay Rathod even though he has become a minister again,” Wagh said after the swearing-in ceremony. Chavan was a resident of Parli Vaijanath in the Beed district who died last year after falling from the balcony of a flat in Pune’s Hadapsar area. Several photos and audio clips have surfaced allegedly linking Rathod to her suicide.
Ahead of the expansion, CM Eknath Shinde met Shiv Sena legislators at the Sahyadri guest house in south Mumbai to pacify those who will not be sworn in today. Highly placed sources said, “Chief Minister Eknath Shinde held meetings with MLAs well past midnight. A lot of effort was undertaken to pacify the angry members who insisted on a Cabinet berth in the first expansion.” A second round of expansion will take place in September, Shinde indicated after the oath-taking ceremony.