Swearing in of Maharashtra ministers likely on Thursday
Amidst jockeying for ministerial berths, the expansion of Prithviraj Chavan-led government in Maharashtra is expected on Thursday.india Updated: Nov 15, 2010 21:01 IST
Amidst jockeying for ministerial berths, the expansion of Prithviraj Chavan-led government in Maharashtra is expected on Thursday.
Chavan, who has talked about taking tough decisions while finalising the list of ministers, continued his consultations with central Congress leaders and also had a meeting with NCP leader Praful Patel whose party is a major coalition partner.
Patel said he met Chavan to congratulate him on being appointed as the Chief Minister of Maharashtra as he could not meet him earlier.
Maharashtra Sadan is buzzing with activity with ministerial hopefuls, MLAs and state Congress leaders making a beeline to lobby with the high command.
Chavan had held a series of meetings with Defence Minister A K Antony and senior Congress leader Ahmad Patel since Sunday. His predecessor Ashok Chavan is also trying hard for his rehabilitation either in the party or in the government.
"The swearing-in is unlikely to take place tomorrow," a senior minister in the Ashok Chavan-led government told reporters.
Prithviraj Chavan has indicated that he would induct all the ministers from the Congress quota of 23 berths in one go. However, he is likely to keep one or two berths vacant, quite unlike his predecessors Ashok Chavan and Vilasrao Deshmukh who had inducted only 18 ministers during their tenures.
Nine NCP leaders were sworn-in as ministers along with Chavan and Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar of NCP last week.
Allocation of portfolios is yet to be done and NCP may add more ministers as it has a quota of 20 ministerial berths as per the power-sharing arrangement with Congress.
Chavan was scheduled to meet NCP chief Sharad Pawar here today but the meeting could not materialise as the latter was indisposed and admitted to the Breach Candy Hospital in Mumbai on Sunday.
The meeting may take place on Tuesday when Pawar would discharged from the hospital.