Ajit Pawar gets Finance, Anil Deshmukh Home, Balasaheb Thorat Revenue
Portfolios allocated in Mah Government
1) Uddhav Thackeray (Shiv Sena): Chief Minister, Administration,
Law and Judiciary, Information and Technology
2) Ajit Pawar (NCP): Deputy Chief Minister, Finance and Planning
3) Anil Deshmukh (NCP): Home Ministry
4) Balasaheb Thorat (Congress): Revenue
5) Aaditya Thackeray (Shiv Sena): Tourism and Environment,
6) Ashok Chavan (Congress): Public Works Department (PWD)
7) Subhash Desai (Shiv Sena): Industries and Mining and
8) Chaggan Bhujbal (NCP): Food and Civil Supplies and
9) Dilip Walse Patil (NCP): Labour and Excise
10) Jayant Patil (NCP): Irrigation, Command Area Development
11) Nawab Malik (NCP): Minorities Affairs, Waqf Board, Skill
Development and Entrepreneurship
12) Rajendra Shingne (NCP): Medicine Supplies, Food and
13) Rajesh Tope (NCP): Public Health and Family Welfare
14) Hasaan Mushrif (NCP): Rural Development
15) Dr. Nitin Raut (Congress): Energy
16) Varsha Gaikwad (Congress): School education
17) Jitendra Awhad (NCP): Housing
18) Eknath Shinde (Shiv Sena): Urban Development
19) Sunil Kedar (Congress): Animal Husbandry and Dairy, Youth
and Sports Welfare
20) Vijay Waddetiwar (Congress): Other Minorities, OBC Welfare,
Salt Land Development
21) Amit Deshmukh (Congress): Medical Education and Cultural
22) Uday Samant (Shiv Sena): Higher and Technical Education
23) Dadaji Bhuse (Shiv Sena): Agriculture and Ex-Servicemen
24) Sanjay Rathod (Shiv Sena): Forest, Relief and Rehabilitation,
and Disaster Management
25) Gulabrao Patil (Shiv Sena): Water Supply and Sanitation
26) KC Padvi (Congress): Adivasi Affairs
27) Balasaheb Patil (NCP): Cooperation Department
28) Sandipanrao Bhumre (Shiv Sena): Employment (EGS),
29) Anil Parab (Shiv Sena): Transport Deptt, Assembly Affairs
30) Aslam Sheikh (Congress): Textile, Fisheries and Port
31) Yashomati Thakur (Congress): Women and Child
32) Shankarrao Gadakh (Krantikari Shetkari Party): Water
Conservation and Soil
33) Dhananjay Munde (NCP): Social Affairs
Ministers of State:
34) Abdul Sattar (Shiv Sena) - Revenue, Rural development,
Port, Salt pans
35) Satej Patil (Congress) - Home (Urban), Housing, Transport,
IT, Parliamentary Affairs, Ex-Servicemen Welfare
36) Shambhuraje Desai (Shiv Sena) - Home (Rural), Finance,
Excise, Skill Development, Marketing
37) Bachchu Kadu (Prahar Party) - Irrigation, School Education,
Women and child Welfare, Labour, OBC Ministry
38) Dattatraya Bharne (NCP) - PWD, Forest, Dairy Development,
Animal Husbandry, Fisheries, General Administration
39) Vishwajeet Kadam (Congress) - Cooperation, Agriculture,
Social Justice, Food, Civil Supplies and Consumer Protection,
Minority Development and Marathi Language Development
40) Rajendra Patil-Yadravkar (Independent) - Public Health,
Medical Education, FDA, Textiles
41) Sanjay Bansode (NCP) - Environment, MSRDC, Employment
Guarantee, Parliamentary Affairs, Water Supply and Sanitation
42) Prajakt Tanpure (NCP) - Urban Development, Power, Tribal
Affairs, Higher and Technical Education, Relief and
Rehabilitation, Disaster Management
43) Aditi Tatkare (NCP) - Tourism, Industries, Protocol,
Horticulture, and Sports.
MAHARASHTRA Deputy Chief Minister and senior NCP leader Ajit Pawar has got the finance and planning department while party colleague Anil Deshmukh is the State’s new Home Minister, a senior official said on Sunday. Besides, first-time Shiv Sena MLA Aaditya Thackeray, who is the son of Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray, has been given charge of the environment, tourism and protocol departments, he said. Senior Congress leader Balasaheb Thorat has got the Revenue Ministry while his party colleague and former Chief Minister Ashok Chavan got the Public Works Department (PWD)- excluding public undertakings, the official added. NCP’s former leader of Opposition in state Legislative Council Dhananjay Munde has got the social justice department while party leader Jitendra Awhad has been given housing. With this allocation of portfolios, the Sharad Pawar- led NCP has got most of the ‘plum’ Ministries.
There were speculations that either Ajit Pawar or Jayant Patil of the NCP would get the Home department, but the portfolio has been allocated to their party colleague Anil Deshmukh, the MLA from Katol in Nagpur district of Vidarbha.
The Chief Minister has kept the General Administration Department (GAD), information and technology, and law and judiciary departments with himself. The urban development department has been allocated to Shiv Sena’s Eknath Shinde, who will also hold charge of PWD (public undertakings). Senior Shiv Sena leader Subhash Desai has got industries and mineral departments, while party leader Anil Parab got the transport and parliamentary affairs departments.
Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari on Sunday approved the list of portfolios as proposed by the Chief Minister, a Raj Bhawan spokesperson earlier said. The list of portfolios to be allocated to Ministers was sent to the Governor on Saturday evening. Among the NCP ministers, Chhagan Bhujbal got the food and civil supplies, and consumer protection departments, Nawab Malik- minority development, Waqf Board, skill development and entrepreneurship, Dilip Walse Patil- Excise and labour, Jayant Patil- water resources development and command area development, and Rajendra Shingane- Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Besides, NCP’s Rajesh Tope has been allocated public health and family welfare departments, Hasan Mushrif- rural development, and Balasaheb Patil- cooperation and marketing.
From the Shiv Sena, Dadaji Bhuse has got agriculture and ex-servicemen welfare departments, Sandipan Bhumare- EGS and horticulture, Gulabrao Patil- water supply and sanitation, Sanjay Rathod- forest, relief and rehabilitation, and disaster management, and Uday Samant- higher and technical education. Among the Congress Ministers, Yashomati Thakur has been allocated women and child development department, Varsha Gaikwad- school education department, Sunil Kedar- animal husbandry and dairy development, youth and sports welfare, Vijay Wadettiwar- OBC welfare and salt land development, Amit Deshmukh- medical education and culture, K C Padvi- tribal development, and Aslam Shaikh- textile, fisheries and port development. Besides, Cabinet Minister Shankarrao Gadakh (Independent MLA) got soil and water conservation department.
Among Ministers of State (MoS) from the NCP, Dattatray Bharne has got PWD, forest, animal husbandry and GAD, Sanjay Bansode- environment, drinking water and sanitation, Prajakt Tanpure- urban development, power, tribal development, and Aditi Tatkare- industries, tourism, horticulture and sports. Shiv Sena’s MoS Shambhuraj Desai got Home-rural, finance and planning, and Excise, while Abdul Sattar got revenue, rural development, port and salt land development. Among the Congress’ MoS, Vishwajeet Kadam got cooperation and agriculture departments, while Satej Patil got Home-urban, transport, IT and ex-servicemen welfare. Besides, MoS Rajendra Yadravkar (Independent MLA) has got medical education, public health and family welfare, while Bachchu Kadu (also Independent legislator) got water resources department, school education and OBC welfare.
The Maharashtra Vikas Aghadi Government, comprising the Shiv Sena, NCP and Congress, had been facing criticism from the Opposition BJP for delay in the allocation of portfolios despite being in power for over a month now. Shiv Sena President Uddhav Thackeray was sworn-in as Chief Minister on November 28 along with six ministers, two each from his party, NCP and Congress. The Cabinet was expanded on December 30 with the induction of 36 ministers.
Discontent in Cong over ‘raw deal’ in portfolio allocation
THE Maharashtra Congress is facing discontent over allocation of portfolios, with a section of leaders blaming state unit chief Balasaheb Thorat for the party getting a “raw deal” as compared to the Shiv Sena and NCP in the Uddhav Thackeray-led alliance Government. Their ire is also directed towards NCP supremo Sharad Pawar, who emerged as the key player in the alliance, with a Congress leader claiming that they need someone in the state unit who could stand up to the Maratha strongman. Thorat, later in the day, brushed off the criticism claiming the portfolios given to the Congress were those connected to the “day-to-day issues” of the common man. Some Congress leaders say they demanded at least two ministries from the list comprising agriculture, rural development, industries, housing, transport and cooperation, but the allies Shiv Sena and NCP refused to pay heed. Instead, ministries like culture, salt pan and port development, which were earlier with the Shiv Sena, have been handed over to the Congress.
“The Congress has got a raw deal in power-sharing among the three alliance partners. Thorat has not been able to put forth the Congress’ interest during deliberations on power-sharing,” a senior party leader told PTI on condition of anonymity. According to sources, Congress leader Nitin Raut, who has been made the Energy Minister, is unhappy over the Public Works Department being given to his senior colleague and former Chief Minister Ashok Chavan and Thorat being allocated the revenue department. Citing how intense was the bitterness in the Congress rank and file, a leader said vandalising party office and burning effigy of a party general secretary never happened earlier, and added that “such acts of indiscipline need to be taken seriously”. Some alleged supporters of Congress MLA Sangram Thopte ransacked the party office in Pune on December 31 to protest against his exclusion from the State Ministry.