Maharashtra: Week later, Uddhav Thackeray's ministers remain without portfolios

MUMBAI: A week after the oath of the president of Shiv Sena, Uddhav Thackeray, as prime minister, cabinet members remain without portfolio. It is said that the tug of war for plum departments between the Congress and NCP allies is the reason.

On November 28, along with Thackeray, NCP MLAs Jayant Patil and Chhagan Bhujbal, the MLAs of the Balasaheb Thorat and Nitin Raut Congress, and the MLAs of Shiv Sena, Eknath Shinde and Subhash Desai, swore as members of the cabinet.

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“We expected all ministers to be assigned portfolios as soon as possible, but it seems that due to the demand for plum departments, the allocation of portfolios has been delayed. The delay has negatively affected the administration, since it is more than a month after the results were declared, a minister said.

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The minister said that Shiv Sena was not pushing for a portfolio, but that both Congress and the NCP demanded departments of finance, income, housing and housing.

It is not a happy situation. Somehow, three parties joined and formed the government following the example of NCP President Sharad Pawar. And now we can't assign wallets. I think that both Thackeray and Pawar will have to intervene to resolve the dispute, ”said the minister.

The minister said that the allocation of portfolios was important in view of the next winter session of the state legislature that will begin in Nagpur from December 16.

“The ministers must be prepared to face the powerful opposition led by Devendra Fadnavis. We believe there will be no question time in both chambers of the state legislature due to the short period, ”said the minister.

On the expansion of the cabinet, the minister said it looked like it would take place after the winter session. The consensus in all three parties was that we should expand the cabinet after the winter session so that we can keep the legislators of the three parties intact, the minister said.