Saffron party retains important portfolios in Maharashtra

Saffron party retains important portfolios in Maharashtra

A day after the Shiv Sena formally joined the government, the BJP clearly spelled out its dominance by retaining important portfolios and allocating only transport, industries, environment, public works, and health and family welfare to its alliance partner.

Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis retained the home department, a portfolio sought by the Sena.  Fadnavis will also hold urban development, general administration, tourism, ports, information and public relations among others.

The list of portfolios of the 30 member council of ministers, including 18 cabinet rank and 12 ministers of state, were announced on Saturday.

A long-time aide of the Thackeray family, Subhash Desai has been given the industries portfolio, while Eknath Shinde has been given public works.

Ramdas Kadam got the environment ministry, while Diwakar Raote was allotted the transport portfolio and Dr Deepak Sawant has been given public health and family welfare.  Senior BJP leader Eknath Khadse retains the key portfolios of revenue, relief and rehabilitation, earthquake rehabilitation, minorities development and Wakf, agriculture and horticulture, animal husbandry, dairy development and fisheries, and excise.

Another senior leader Sudhir Mungantiwar retains finance, planning and forests, while Vinod Tawde will hold school education, higher and technical education, medical education among others. Prakash Mehta has been given housing, mining and labour.

Chandrakant Patil, who negotiated the Sena’s entry, has retained cooperation, marketing and textiles, and public works (excluding public undertakings). Pankaja Munde retains rural development.

A surprise entry, Chandrashekar Bawankule has been given the key energy ministry, while senior legislator Girish Bapat has been allotted food, civil supplies and consumer protection, food and drug administration, and parliamentary affairs.

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