Congress legislators hope to get ministerial berths sooner or later although it is now certain that the party will not make any changes to its cabinet formation when Nationalist Congress Party presents its new team on Tuesday.
CM Prithviraj Chavan reiterated on Saturday that he did not plan any reshuffle before the monsoon session of the legislature in July. But he said Congress was open to the idea of cabinet expansion and alteration to the existing Congress squad.
Sources said Congress would continue with its existing team because it did not want to indicate to its rank and file that NCP boss Sharad Pawar dictated terms to the alliance.
“Is it mandatory that we too change our team just because they change theirs,” asked Chavan.
But this did not dampen the spirit of ministerial aspirants. Many have been pitching with the high command and asking their respective political godfathers for support.
Some legislators expect organisational changes in the state unit so that the cabinet can be reshuffled. State party chief Manikrao Thakre is eyeing a cabinet berth.
Chavan too wants to get rid of poor performers from his team. But for this, he is yet to get a go-ahead from the high command.
A section in the Congress foresees Chavan’s return to the Union Cabinet although he denied such possibility on Friday night. He seems to be working silently on his plan as he said reshuffle, if any, would involve factors such as social and regional balance.