Despite winning 63 seats in the Assembly polls and agreeing to stabilise the BJP’s minority government, the Shiv Sena camp is not happy with the power-sharing deal. The sainiks are also unhappy with the choices their party bosses have made for the ministers’ post.
While the BJP had refused to part with both the deputy chief minister and home minister posts, apart from the industries portfolio, the Shiv Sena has ended up with ministries such as transport, environment, MSRDC and public health, which do not feature in the top five.
The sainiks are also unhappy with party chief Uddhav Thackeray for accommodating members from the Upper House, all those seen close to Uddhav, in the Cabinet rank and keeping a majority of elected legislators for minister of state (MOS) posts. Of the five cabinet ministers to be sworn in, three are members of the legislative council, who are not elected directly by the public, and Subhash Desai, who is expected to get the plum industry portfolio, will be accommodated soon in the council. Desai lost the Assembly elections to a BJP candidate, who is now a minister of state.
In the Sena camp, legislators were anxiously waiting for that one call from the Thackeray residence on Thursday. The calls made were for an invitation to attend a meeting called by Thackeray for the lucky ten whose names were shortlisted.
The 5 MOS positions are allotted to all five elected members- two-time MLA Ravindra Waikar from Jogeshwari, who has been a performer from the BMC days, Deepak Kesarkar from Sawantwadi, who defected from the NCP in the Lok Sabha and was instrumental in the defeat of the Rane family.
Although senior Sena leaders said Uddhav tried to ensure he accommodated his senior-most leaders and tried to strike a regional balance — by including representatives from Marathwada, Konkan, north Maharashtra, western Maharashtra and Vidarbha — there is a huge sense of disappointment on the whole for the selection that has been made.
From BJP, 10 ministers – five each of Cabinet and state rank – are expected to take oath. The party has focused on giving representation from all regions and communities. Senior leaders like Girish Mahajan and Girish Bapat, who expected induction in the first round itself, will be sworn in on Friday.