New Delhi: More than a month after a high-drama tussle over government formation erupted in Maharashtra, the Uddhav Thackeray-led ‘Maha Vikas Aghadi’ on Thursday arrived at an understanding and announced the various cabinet portfolio allocations.
Notably, the Sena, who is leading the new-formed alliance will get Home and Urban Development ministries, while the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) will get Finance and Housing ministry, as decided in their arrangement. The Congress will be allocated the Revenue as well as Energy portfolios.
Further, the portfolios on public health, co-operation ministries will go to the NCP, while the Congress will get Education, Rural Development, Public Works Department (PWD), Textile, Women and Child Welfare ministries in the Maharashtra cabinet.
Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray has kept the Home and Urban ministries for himself, while party colleague Eknath Shinde will get Forest, Environment, Water Supply, Irrigation, Tourism, PWD and Parliamentary Affairs ministry.
Meanwhile, NCP leader Chhagan Bhujbal has been put in charge of Rural Development, Water Resources, Social Justice, Excise and FDA ministries; and Congress’ Balasaheb Thorat has been allocated Revenue, Power, Medical Education, Animal Husbandry, Dairy Development and Fisheries department.
The government that formed two weeks ago after Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray took oath as the Chief Minister of Maharashtra. Several reports suggested that the delay in portfolio allocation was caused by a possible discontent amongst the three parties over cabinet holdings.
However, Shiv Sena leader Eknath Shinde had on Wednesday confirmed that the portfolio allocation was being finalized and CM Uddhav Thackeray would make an announcement soon. There were also reports on the discontent arising from Congress’ warning that it will quit the government if it does not get the desired portfolios.
The Maha Vikas Aghadi was formed after now-former allies BJP and Sena parted ways, despite winning a comfortable majority (161) in the 288-seat state Assembly after single-phase polls on October 21. The Sena was demanded the BJP share the Chief Minister’s post with it for 2.5 years was snubbed, prompting it to enter negotiations and form an alliance with the ideologically opposite NCP-Congress combine.