Faced with in-house demand for change of leadership, Maharashtra Chief Minister Vilasrao Deshmukh on Monday said he would expand his cabinet soon.
Deshmukh, however, declined to reveal anything more on the expansion plan.
The announcement assumes significance as it follows Revenue Minister Narayan Rane's outburst against Deshmukh and the meeting between NCP chief Sharad Pawar and Shiv Sena supremo Bal Thackeray apparently signalling political realignment.
The Chief Minister was talking to reporters after chairing a meeting of the Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority here.
Asked whether Rane had talked to him after criticising the state government's performance in Delhi on Friday, Deshmukh said, "he is my cabinet colleauge. We meet and talk regularly."
On Thackeray-Pawar meeting at Thackeray's residence on Sunday which has given rise to a lot of speculation, Deshmukh said "so what? They are friends. Even R R Patil and I had met Thackeray a few months earlier. The meeting should not be looked upon as political."
Deshmukh said he perceived no threat to the government.
"We (Congress and NCP) are together on the plank of secularism," Deshmukh said.