Water Resources minister, in charge of Krishna Valley Development Corporation, Ramraje Naik Nimbalkar is expected to resign from his ministerial post on Thursday.
Nimbalkar, an NCP minister, will have to step down on technical grounds as he was neither a MLA or MLC when he was inducted into the Cabinet.
According to Legislature laws, Nimbalkar should have been elected to either House within six months of him being sworn as minister. Sources in the NCP say his fate is now in the hands of party chief Sharad Pawar.
He is most likely to be inducted as a Member of Legislative Council by the party in the Council elections in June.
However, there was no confirmation from the party on whether Nimbalkar would return as a minister.
Nimbalkar’s close aides insisted that Pawar had assured their leader that he would be inducted in the Cabinet again.
“Ramraje is a dedicated party worker and we have formed a three-member committee of R.R. Patil, Chhagan Bhujbal and myself to address this issue. Anything can happen tomorrow, he may not have to resign,” said state party president Madhukar Pichad.
Nimbalkar and Pawar’s nephew and Energy Minister Ajit Pawar don’t share a good rapport. Ajit’s supporters are claiming that Nimbalkar’s berth will go to a younger legislator from their camp.
Nimbalkar denied any conspiracy in his resignation. “Yes, I’ll be resigning on Thursday as mandated by the rules. There is absolutely no politics in this. I have been given enough by the party,” he said.
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