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Nothing to cheer about for Maharashtra Cong

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times  Mumbai, October 28, 2012
First Published: 23:52 IST(28/10/2012) | Last Updated: 23:54 IST(28/10/2012)

Not a single leader from the Congress in Maharashtra found a place in the Union cabinet even though four ministerial slots given to the state after the 2009 elections were vacant.

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Party leaders and activists in the state were hopeful of at least three berths — one each from Vidarbha, central Maharashtra (Marathwada) and Mumbai.

The expectations were of getting berths in place of Mukul Wasnik, who resigned on Saturday; Prithviraj Chavan, who became chief minister two years ago; Gurudas Kamat, who quit in protest after the last cabinet reshuffle; and Vilasrao Deshmukh, who passed away this year.

After 2009 Lok Sabha polls, when the Congress-led UPA retained power, Maharashtra was given seven ministerial slots including three cabinet berths.

Three years later, it has come down to three — one cabinet and two junior ministers. Home minister Sushilkumar Shinde, minister of state for communications and IT Milind Deora and minister of state for coal Pratik Patil are the Congress faces from Maharashtra in the cabinet.

Chavan, who is likely to gain more importance in the party’s affairs in Maharashtra, said the expansion and reshuffle of the state cabinet was expected soon.


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