The Maharashtra government on Thursday appointed Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) ministers Jayakumar Rawal and Sambahji Patil Nilangekar as guardian ministers of Nandurbar and Latur districts, respectively.
Both the districts did not have independent guardian ministers until now. Girish Mahajan, minister for medical education and water resources, had the additional charge for Nandurbar district along with Nashik. Similarly, Pankaja Munde, who holds the rural development portfolio, had an additional charge as guardian minister for Latur along with her home district Beed.
Both Rawal, the state tourism minister, and Nilangekar, minister for labour and skill development, are known to be close to chief minister Devendra Fadnavis. While Nilangekar hails from Nilanga in Latur, Rawal’s constituency, Sindkheda, is in Nandurbar’s neighbouring district, Dhule. Both ministers were inducted into the government during the cabinet expansion in July this year.