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Maha Cabinet: BJP retains key portfolios, no dy CM

Expansion of the Fadnavis government was done ahead of the crucial Winter Session which is scheduled to begin in Nagpur on December 8.

Surprisingly, despite not getting the important portfolios of deputy chief minister, home, revenue and water resources, Sena leaders agreed to join the cabinet and pledged full support to the minority Fadnavis government.

“There will no deputy CM post in the Maharashtra government,” Fadnavis told the media persons, who kept home, urban development, general administration, law and judiciary with himself.

Subhash Desai of the Shiv Sena, a close confidante of Uddhav Thackeray, was allotted the industries portfolio, previously held by BJP leader Prakash Mehta. Diwakar Raote (Shiv Sena), currently a member of legislative council and former Mumbai mayor, has been given the transport ministry.

Eknath Shinde (Shiv Sena), a third time MLA and leader of opposition till yesterday (Friday) will hold the charge of Public Works (including Public Undertakings) in the state ministry, while his another party leader Deepak Sawant, who is currently an MLC, has been given Public Health and Family Welfare department.

Another leader, Ramdas Kadam of Sena, an MLC, and a former LoP, has been made in-charge of environment ministry. BJP leader Girish Bapat, six time MLA from Kasba Peth in Pune became food, civil supplies and consumer protection, food and drugs administration and parliamentary affairs minister. Girish Mahajan, BJP MLA from Jamner in Jalgaon, will hold the charge of water resources.
Another BJP leader Chandrashekhar Bawankule, who is a third term MLA from Kamptee in Vidarbha has been allotted power ministry. Babanrao Lonikar, a third time BJP MLA was given water supply and sanitation portfolios.

Pankaja Munde, who was made the state BJP core committee member after the death of her father and Gopinath Munde, will be in-charge of rural development, water conservation, employment guarantee scheme and women and child development.

Deepak Kesarkar, a former NCP MLA who joined Shiv Sena ahead of the Lok Sabha polls, became MoS for finance and rural development.
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