Ready for new test, Shinde-BJP take tough stand on cabinet expansion

After the trust vote in the Maharashtra Assembly on July 4 went through smoothly, the rebels Shiv Sena leader Eknath ShindeThe coalition government now faces its next big test: cabinet expansion.

Under the leadership of Devendra Fadnavis BJP As the senior ally in the coalition, cabinet expansion is set to be a formidable exercise, given the legacies of candidates in both the separate Shiv Sena and the much larger saffron camp, many of whom are experienced as well as for ministerial posts. are eligible. , The strength of the Maharashtra Council of Ministers including the Chief Minister is 43.

Sources in the ruling coalition said the cabinet expansion program is being worked out, while talks have begun on the exercise.

Highly placed sources in the BJP said, “The central party leadership will play a key role in ensuring smooth sharing of power between the BJP and the Shinde camp and plugging any loopholes in the process.”

The cabinet will be formed keeping in mind the goals of the 2024 Lok Sabha and state assembly elections, sources said, adding that “merit” will be a key criterion for shortlisting candidates for ministerial posts. Also, regional and caste factors will be an important parameter in the formation of the Shinde-Fadnavis ministerial team.

A senior BJP functionary said, “The chief minister usually handles the home portfolio. But since BJP has accepted the post of CM to Eknath Shinde, we would like to retain the Home portfolio for Deputy CM Devendra Fadnavis.

While the pros and cons of these proposals are being discussed, the final approval from the central leadership of the saffron party is still awaited.

Two ideas are emerging from within the newly formed coalition. A section within the rebel army group is of the view that “If Shinde is entrusted with the larger task of fighting and eliminating the Uddhav Thackeray-led army, wouldn’t it help if he was allowed the Home Department.” Go”.

The Home Department has always been a major cause of controversy in almost all coalition governments in Maharashtra over the past several decades.

In 1995, when the Shiv Sena-BJP alliance first came to power in the state, the two allies worked out a power-sharing formula. Therefore, while handing over the post of CM to the then Shiv Sena leader Manohar Joshi, the then junior ally BJP’s deputy CM Gopinath Munde was given the charge of the home department.

After the 1999 assembly elections, when the Congress-NCP alliance formed the government, they adopted the same power-sharing formula. Congress’s Vilasrao Deshmukh became the CM and Urban Development Ministry and NCP’s Deputy CM Chhagan Bhujbal got the Home Ministry.

The same trend continued in successive coalition governments led by the Congress. Be it Ashok Chavan or Prithviraj Chavan as chief minister, he was forced to accept the home portfolio for the NCP candidate. The bargain allowed him to retain the Ministry of Urban Development.

During their informal conversations, both Ashok Chavan and Prithviraj Chavan often expressed their dismay at handing over the Home portfolio to their colleague’s minister.

However, when the BJP-Shiv Sena government returned to power in 2014, the BJP emerged as the single largest party with 133 MLAs in the 288-member House.

Party CM Devendra Fadnavis kept the Home Ministry. Shiv Sena, with 63 MLAs, joined the BJP-led government a month later, but did not bargain for the deputy CM’s post or the home portfolio. The BJP retained all the major departments including Home, Urban Development, Revenue and Finance.

Under the new coalition government, the BJP, which is again the single largest party with 106 MLAs, is much larger than the Shinde camp, which so far has 40 rebel MLAs from the Shiv Sena.

A senior BJP leader said, “BJP can stake its claim on two-thirds of the 42 ministerial posts. It is 28 for the BJP, leaving 14 for the Shinde camp. But we’re not going to be so harsh. There will be some transaction. ,

The saffron party has indicated that if Fadnavis gets a house, he may also hold another important ministry like finance. Apart from these portfolios, the BJP can also hold talks for its candidates for the ministries of revenue, cooperative and marketing, public health/medical education, agriculture, PWD, industries and rural development.

The party would like to leave departments such as urban development, public works department (public undertaking), water resources, general administration department and school education for the Shinde group.

Shinde had recently said that the cabinet would be expanded soon. “We have just ended the trust vote. We need some time to sit down and discuss. Even after such a hectic process of government formation, we are holding our breath.”

Fadnavis also said that cabinet expansion will be at the top of his agenda. “The Chief Minister and I will discuss these matters with our leaders,” he said.

Both sides say that the role of the BJP central government will be important in deciding the final list of ministers.

With the BJP and the Shinde camp capturing most of the portfolios, some

Ministries can also be set aside for smaller parties or independent candidates supporting their coalition government.

डिसक्लेमर
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