In a minor reshuffle of portfolios in Maharashtra, Jayant Patil has now been given Water and Resources Development Ministry which was earlier given to Chhagan Bhujbal. Patil was earlier given the Finance & Planning and Public Health and Food Ministry. Chhagan Bhujbal, on the other hand, has now been given the Minority Development and Welfare Ministry. On Thursday, the portfolios were allocated to the ministers in the Maha Vikas Aghadi government in Maharashtra.
While Sena has bagged Home, Urban Development, Environment, Forests, Industries and Mining and Agriculture, NCP has been allocated portfolios such as Rural Development Water Resources, Finance and Public Heath. On the other hand, the Congress will handle the Public Works Department, Education, Women and Child Development and the Tribal Development ministries. Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray will be in charge of all other portfolios that have not been allocated to any Minister. This development comes nearly two weeks after Thackeray took oath as the Chief Minister of Maharashtra.
1. Uddhav Thackeray: All portfolios other than those allocated to other ministries
2. Eknath Shinde (Shiv Sena): Home, Urban Development, Enviornment, Forests
3. Balasaheb Thorat (Congress): Revenue, School Education, Medical Education
4. Chhagan Bhujbal (NCP): Minority Development and Welfare Ministry
5. Jayant Patil (NCP): Water and Resources Development Ministry
6. Nitin Raut (Congress): Public Works Department, Women and Child Development, Tribal Development
7. Subhash Desai (Shiv Sena): Industries and Mining, Agriculture
As per the sources, a formula had been worked out whereby the three parties would get ministries proportionate to their strength in the Assembly. But a dispute over key porfolios had reportedly held up the process of allocating the ministries. Moreover, pressure was mounting on the government from the opposition in this regard after the announcement of the Winter session of the Maharashtra legislature. Speculation persists over the NCP's nominee for the post of Deputy CM. Ajit Pawar is one of the top contenders to become the Maharashtra Deputy CM.