Last Update: August 05, 2022, 21:27 IST
A key member of the rebel Shiv Sena camp said on Friday that the much-awaited cabinet expansion in Maharashtra, where a new government was formed more than a month ago, will happen before August 15. Chief Minister Eknath Shinde and his deputy BJP leader Devendra Fadnavis took oath on June 30 and are currently the only members of the state cabinet.
Talking to reporters here, rebel Shiv Sena MLA and former minister Uday Samant said that the expansion of the Shinde-led cabinet will take place before August 15. Samant, spokesperson of Shinde-led Shiv Sena’s rebel faction, said the guardian minister would unfurl the tricolor. in their respective districts on Independence Day
Guardian ministers are appointed to look after the development plans and related matters of each district. This is an additional responsibility given to the members of the Council of Ministers. Meanwhile, the opposition Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) hit out at the Shinde government over the delay in cabinet expansion and asked if it was not getting a muhurta for the exercise.
The Sharad Pawar-led party said that leaders of both the Shinde group and the BJP have repeatedly said that the cabinet will be expanded “soon”, but nothing has happened so far. State NCP spokesperson Mahesh Taapsee said it has been announced more than 20 times that cabinet expansion will be done “soon”.
“We demand immediate relief for the farmers who have suffered crop loss in the recent heavy rains and floods,” he said.