Congress unhappy with portfolios in Thackeray cabinet, says Balasaheb Thorat

As per the portfolio-sharing formula of the MVA, the Shiv Sena has chief ministership, NCP has the Deputy CM’s post, while Congress has the Assembly speaker’s post.
State Congress chief and revenue minister Balasaheb Thorat(Satish Bate/HT Photo)
State Congress chief and revenue minister Balasaheb Thorat(Satish Bate/HT Photo)
Updated on Dec 27, 2019 11:08 PM IST
Copy Link
Hindustan Times, Mumbai | ByShrinivas Deshpande, Mumbai

State Congress chief and revenue minister Balasaheb Thorat on Thursday said his party is unhappy with the portfolios it has in the three-party government and is expecting chief minister Uddhav Thackeray to consider its desire of getting two to three important departments for its ministers.

Thorat refused to disclose which portfolios they wanted in exchange of the ones they have, but senior leaders from the Congress said the party wants two portfolios — one from among rural development, cooperation and agriculture that can help them connect with rural areas; and another between housing and industry.

“Congress would be happy if we get extra portfolios in the cabinet expansion scheduled to be held on December 30. As we have to accommodate many of our leaders, we need more portfolios. But that is totally dependent on the chief minister who is the leader of our alliance,” Thorat said at a press conference.

Earlier, the Congress had wanted the post of deputy chief minister but later it sufficed with the Assembly speaker’s post. As per the portfolio-sharing formula of the Maharashtra Vikas Aghadi (MVA), the Shiv Sena has chief ministership, the NCP has the deputy chief minister’s post, while the Congress has the Assembly speaker’s post.

There were also speculations that the Congress is again asking for the post of deputy chief minister. On this Thorat said, “I have read such news but it is not true. We are going with our formula.”

According to party leaders, Congress top brass in Delhi is also of the opinion that leaders in Maharashtra should have bargained for key departments that would not just enable the party to influence the government’s functioning, but would also help them reach out to the people. As such the party unit in Maharashtra has been asked to renegotiate the portfolio allocation with Thackeray.

In the distribution of portfolios between three parties, Shiv Sena has urban development, home and industries while NCP has finance, rural development, cooperation, irrigation, public health and housing departments. The Congress has revenue, public works and energy departments. Several Congress leaders think the distribution of key portfolios is skewed in favour of Sena and NCP.

“If there are any chances of getting portfolios exchanged, it would be now when the cabinet is being expanded and the allocation of portfolios is not final. Later, it would not make any sense,” said a senior party leader on condition of anonymity. The senior Congress leader further said that the party was expecting rural development portfolio or agriculture portfolio instead of a less significant one.

SHARE THIS ARTICLE ON
Close Story
QUICKREADS

Less time to read?

Try Quickreads

  • Rajvardhan Singh Parmar of the Hindu outfit, Maharana Pratap Sena, has written a letter to Rajasthan chief minister Ashok Gehlot demanding ASI survey of the Ajmer Dargah. (PTI File Photo)

    Hindu outfit claims Ajmer Dargah was a temple, demands ASI survey

    A Hindu outfit, Maharana Pratap Sena, has claimed that the Ajmer Dargah of Sufi saint Moinuddin Chisti was a temple, and demanded a survey of it by the Archaeological Survey of India. The dargah committee and the body of Khadims have refuted such claims. Rajvardhan Singh Parmar of Maharana Pratap Sena claimed that Hindu symbols were there on the walls and windows of the dargah and sought an ASI survey.

  • A three-year-old child was killed on Thursday noon as a water tanker ran over her while reversing near Sarjapur road in Bengaluru. (for representational purposes) (HT FILE PHOTO)

    Bengaluru: Toddler run over by reversing tanker while playing outside apartment

    A three-year-old girl was killed after Pratiksha Bhat, a native of Nepal was run over by a water tanker while it was reversing near an apartment on Sarjapur road in Bengaluru on Thursday. The young girl has been identified as a native of Nepal, Pratiksha Bhat. Pratiksha was playing nearby as the driver began reversing but he did not see her and the toddler was knocked down. Pratiksha's body was shifted to St John's Medical College Hospital for post-mortem procedures.

  • File pic of Sameer Wankhede shared by news agency ANI.

    Drugs case | Action against Sameer Wankhede for ‘shoddy investigation’: Report

    Sameer Wankhede - the former Nacotics Control Bureau zonal director who conducted the op that led to Aryan Khan's arrest in the drugs-on-cruise case - faces strict action for 'shoddy work' in the investigative process, officials said Friday afternoon. This comes shortly after son of Bollywood star Shah Rukh Khan, Aryan Khan, was given a clean chit by a special NCB team re-examining his case.

  • Javed Ali is all set to set the stage on fire at Bengaluru's Phoenix Marketcity with folk, pop and Bollywood music on Saturday.

    Bengaluru: Javed Ali's live concert on Saturday, here's how to get tickets

    Popular singer Javed Ali will perform live in Bengaluru this Saturday at Phoenix Marketcity as part of the Alive India concert series. Ali is also known for songs in regional languages like Bengali, Malayalam, Odiya, Kannada Tamil, Telugu, and Punjabi. Ali's show in Bengaluru will be followed by another live performance in Chennai on Sunday, May 29.

  • Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut. (HT PHOTO)

    Rajya Sabha polls: Sanjay Raut declares assets worth 21.14 crore

    Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut wife, Varsha, owns 729.30 grams of gold and ornaments valued at 39,59,500 and 1820 grams of silver worth 1,30,000. He owns one vehicle purchased in 2004 and two revolvers. Raut owns three parcels of agricultural land in Alibaug. Raut also owns three non-agricultural plots in Raigad currently priced at 2.20 crore. Raut also owns three residential properties in Dadar, Bhandup, and Aarey Milk Colony. His wife owns one in Dadar.

SHARE
Story Saved
×
Saved Articles
Following
My Reads
Sign out
New Delhi 0C
Friday, May 27, 2022