More than a month after taking oath as Maharashtra chief minister, Uddhav Thackeray is likely to expand his Cabinet of ministers on Monday. Ajit Pawar may also return as the Deputy Chief Minister of Maharashtra in the long-overdue expansion of the state Cabinet.
Nationalist Congress Party’s Nawab Malik and Congress leader and former Maharashtra Chief Minister Ashok Chavan are likely to take oath as ministers in the Maharashtra Cabinet on Monday.
The oath-taking ceremony of the Maharashtra Cabinet ministers is likely to begin at 1 pm at Vidhan Bhavan on Monday.
Around 36 ministers will be sworn in, 10 from the Congress, with former chief minister Ashok Chavan likely to get the public works department portfolio and nothing for Prithviraj Chavan, sources told.
According to a report, the Shiv Sena and NCP and the Congress agreed that the Sena would have 16 ministers, apart from Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray, the NCP would get 14 ministers, including the post of deputy chief minister, and the Congress would receive posts for 12 ministers.
Ajit Pawar on Friday said his party’s leadership would decide on his inclusion in the government, speaking to reporters after inaugurating a sports event at Balewadi stadium, Ajit said cabinet expansion would take place in the state on 30 December.
Asking on his chances of taking oath on 30 December, Ajit said, “I have clarified my stand on this issue. I will follow the directives of the party leadership.”