The expansion of the cabinet has started 39 days after the swearing-in of CM Eknath Shinde in Maharashtra. First of all, Radhakrishna Vikhe Patil of BJP took oath as the minister. After him, Sudhir Mungantiwar, Chandrakant Radha Patil, Vijay Kumar Gavit and Girish Mahajan of BJP took oath.
Many opposition leaders have also been invited to this swearing-in ceremony. It also includes former deputy CM Ajit Pawar, NCP state president Jayant Patil. Apart from this, Union Ministers Nitin Gadkari, Raosaheb Danve have also been invited.
Cabinet expansion approved by Delhi High Command
There was a meeting between Shinde and Fadnavis on Monday regarding cabinet expansion. All the formalities have also been completed from Delhi High Command. Overall, everything has been finalized regarding the new cabinet.
Sudhir Mungantiwar, Chandrakant Patil, Girish Mahajan can be included in the cabinet from the BJP camp. On the other hand, Gulab Rao Patil, Sada Savarkar, Deepak Kesarkar can be given a chance from Shinde camp. According to sources, the Home Department may be given to Deputy CM Devendra Fadnavis.
Monsoon session of the assembly from Wednesday
The monsoon session of the Maharashtra Legislative Assembly will be held from August 10 to 18. The Legislature Secretariat has canceled the holidays for preparations ahead of the monsoon session. According to an order issued by the secretariat on Monday, all leave of employees between August 9 and 18 has been canceled and they have been asked to remain present in the office.
2 months in Telangana, then in Karnataka there was no cabinet expansion for 3 weeks
After becoming the CM of Telangana on December 13, 2018, K. Chandrashekhar Rao had not expanded the cabinet for more than two months. He ran the government for 68 days with Interior Minister Mohammad Mahmood. Later on February 19, 2019, the cabinet expansion took place.
At the same time, the then Chief Minister of Karnataka BS Yediyurappa ran the government alone for 3 weeks after forming the government on July 26, 2019. Maharashtra Deputy CM Fadnavis said on the delay in cabinet expansion that the Uddhav Thackeray-led Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) government worked with a 7-member cabinet for 40 days.
‘Shiv Sena Kis Ki’, hearing on August 12
The hearing in the Supreme Court on the issue of power over Shiv Sena and disqualification of 16 rebel MLAs has been postponed. The matter will now come up for hearing on August 12. Should the matter be referred to a five-judge bench or not? Arguments in this regard will also be heard.
At the last hearing four days ago, the CJI had told the counsel for the Election Commission that both the parties can give an affidavit in the Election Commission on Monday. If any party demands time, the Commission shall consider it.