Even as there have been demands from the Shiv Sena for sharing the CM post if the BJP-Shiv Sena alliance is voted back to power in the assembly elections, Sudhir Mungantiwar - a BJP leader and Maharashtra minister said that there will a cabinet expansion before the upcoming assembly session.
Speaking to media on Monday, June 11, Maharashtra minister Mungantiwar said: "Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis has decided that Maharashtra Cabinet expansion will be done before the upcoming Maharashtra assembly session, soon all will hear the good news. Shiv Sena and other allies will get as per their expectations."
The monsoon session of the Maharashtra assembly commences on July 17. Thus as per Mungatiwar's statement, the cabinet is likely to be expanded before 17 of the next month.
Earlier on June 9, BJP chief and Home Minister Amit Shah held a meeting of all the leaders of the poll-bound state in New Delhi. A way for the assembly elections in the state of Maharashtra, Jharkhand, and Haryana was chalked out in the meeting.
Meanwhile, as per sources, Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackery has expressed his disappointment on Mungatiwar's statement on Monday. Mungatiwar had allegedly said that BJP will have the right to the CM post, however, the Shiv Sena claims that as per seat-sharing deal, Chief Minister's post will be shared among the candidates of both the parties for 2.5 years each.
In 2019 Lok Sabha elections, BJP won 23 seats and Shiv Sena won 18 seats. In the last assembly elections, the Shiv Sena contested 282 seats and won only 65 while the BJP won 122 seats out of contested 260. However, sources said that tensions are mounting within the Sena as assembly elections approach in the state.