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Maharashtra cabinet to be reshuffled after Diwali, Rane to get berth

The long-pending reshuffle is likely to be carried out ahead of the BJP-led government completing three years in power on October 31

mumbai Updated: Oct 18, 2017 00:40 IST
Ketaki Ghoge
Ketaki Ghoge
Hindustan Times
Narayan Rane,Devendra Fadnavis,Cabinet Reshuffle
The chief minister indicated former chief minister Narayan Rane, who recently formed his own party, Maharashtra Swabhimani Paksha and joined the National Democratic Alliance as an ally, would get accommodated in this reshuffle.

Chief minister Devendra Fadnavis on Tuesday said he would undertake a rejig of his cabinet of ministers post Diwali.

The long-pending reshuffle is likely to be carried out ahead of the BJP-led government completing three years in power on October 31.

The chief minister indicated former chief minister Narayan Rane, who recently formed his own party, Maharashtra Swabhimani Paksha and joined the National Democratic Alliance as an ally, would get accommodated in this reshuffle.

“The cabinet reshuffle will be carried out soon. Rane is now a NDA ally and we will take an appropriate decision about him,” said Fadnavis.

Sources close to Fadnavis said Rane’s portfolio had been decided by the chief minister and the party top brass.

Along with Rane, the cabinet rejig is likely to see some promotions for junior ministers, while some cabinet ministers with more than one portfolio may find their additional departments snipped.

There is speculation Rane may be given housing or public works department (PWD) . While the housing department is currently with Prakash Mehta, PWD is with revenue minister Chandrakant Patil.

Mehta is facing a Lokayukta probe over allegations of irregularity and wrongdoing in the Slum Rehabilitation Authority (SRA) project at Tardeo and this could be an opportune moment to replace him without much ado for Fadnavis.

In the upcoming rejig, city BJP chief Ashish Shelar may also get accommodated in the cabinet given his successful stint during the Mumbai civic polls.

However, senior BJP leader Eknath Khadse and former revenue minister, who had to step down after allegations of graft, is unlikely to make a comeback in the cabinet.

“The party top brass is negative about getting Khadse back and since a court case in the matter is pending, a comeback for the former minister seems unlikely,” said a BJP minister.

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Narayan Rane may get berth in Maharashtra cabinet, reshuffle likely after Diwali

First Published: Oct 18, 2017 00:40 IST