Conversations about portfolio allocation in Maharashtra scheduled for December 16: Kharge

NEW DELHI: Talks on the allocation of portfolio in Maharashtra are underway and a decision is expected on December 16 when the winter session of the state assembly in Nagpur, leader begins Mallikarjun Kharge He said Thursday.

Kharge, who is in charge of the party for Maharashtra, also said that the beginning of the alliance government (Shiv Sena-NCP-Congress) has been fluid.

The talks are among the allies about the allocation of portfolios, he told PTI.

Uddhav Thackeray took an oath as prime minister on November 28, while two MLA members from all three parties took oaths as ministers.

Kharge hoped that the talks on the allocation of portfolios will end soon and that a decision on the expansion of the cabinet will be made on December 16 when the winter session of the Maharashtra assembly in Nagpur begins.

The six ministers who swore together with Thackeray are: Eknath Shinde and Subash Desai (SS), Jayant Patil and Chhagan Bhujbal (NCP) and Balasaheb Thorat and Nitin Raut (Congress).

Normally, the winter session takes place in the first week of December. But this time, due to the involvement in government formation, the session was delayed and should be scheduled only for brief sessions.

The sources said the Chamber will have procedures for six days.

Currently, Thackeray and all ministers are functioning without portfolios. The talks continue to finalize the names of MLAs that will be included in the cabinet and their portfolios.