Everything is in the family for 18 of 36 new Maharashtra mantris

MUMBAI: A large number of portfolios in the government of Maha Vikas Aghadi has been captured by the dynasties, since 18 of the total of 36 ministers sworn in by Governor B S Koshyari on Monday belong to political families with long ties to power.

Aaditya Thackeray leads the pack in a team led by his father, CM Uddhav Thackeray. Aaditya's induction was planned by her close relatives on Sunday night. Unless a veteran of the party known to be a loyal Matoshree, none of Sena's elders was consulted on the issue, sources said. “It seems that Uddhavji followed the example of the Gandhi family. He did not want Aaditya to be seen as Rahul Gandhi, questioning and accepting whether or not to accept the leadership of the party. The family thought that Aaditya should prepare for public administration and government without wasting time, ”said a Sena politician.

Other young dynasties that have entered Mantralaya as a mantris include Aditi Tatkare, daughter of PCN heavyweight Sunil Tatkare of Raigad, while Amit Deshmukh's father, the late Vilasrao Deshmukh, was CM in early 2000. The main ministers with Formidable political backgrounds include Sunil Kedar, Yashomati Thakur, Satej Patil (also known as Bunty, a family nickname, which the minister retains), Rajesh Top, Vishwajit Kadam and Warsha Gaikwad.

Vivek Surve, a 29-year-old professional from Mumbai, said there was nothing wrong with these net receiving messages except that all the doors were open for them and the opportunities offered on a silver platter because they were relatives of someone. Interestingly, popular anger is directed not so much against the high representatives of the political Khandaans as against what is considered the post-2000 beta-beti brigade that does not see the need to prove their credentials. for them, ”said prominent theater person Vishwas Sohoni. “If a doctor or lawyer prepares your child to continue his profession, so can a politician. Those like Ashok Chavan (whose father Shankarrao Chavan was a former CM) and Jayant Patil (son of Rajarambapu Patil, a veteran politician) have been present for years. They have gone through the ups and downs of politics. The current babalog refuses to ignore, Sohoni said.

There have been exceptions, analysts said. Raj Thackeray, who emerged from the shadow of his uncle in 2005 and Dhananjay Munde, the nephew of Gopinath Munde, who joined NCP and is now a cabinet minister. PNC leader Ajit Pawar is also interested in strengthening his credentials, party observers said after his coup last month. That Ajit still exerts influence on the PNC became evident when the party's chief, Sharad Pawar, chose him, even after his failed revolt, for the CM deputy's office, leaving aside the claims of loyalists like Jayant Patil and Dilip Walse-Patil.