Whereas selecting leaders for his or her first cupboard enlargement, the Bharatiya Janata Get together (BJP) in addition to Eknath Shinde have given the desire to expertise and likewise ensured that regional and caste steadiness is maintained.
Among the many 18 legislators sworn in on Tuesday, 17 have been ministers up to now. Solely Mangal Prabhat Lodha of the BJP is the brand new face. Considerably, all 18 are cupboard ministers.
Of the 9 BJP ministers, six have served as ministers within the Devendra Fadnavis-led authorities, whereas two (Radhakrishna Vikhe-Patil and Vijaykumar Gavit) have been ministers within the Congress-Nationalist Congress Get together regime. Vikhe-Patil and Sudhir Mungantiwar are the senior-most ministers having served within the first Shiv Sena-BJP authorities too.
Alternatively, Shinde’s eight ministers have served both within the Fadnavis-led authorities throughout 2014-2019 or the Maharashtra Vikas Aghadi (MVA) regime underneath Uddhav Thackeray between 2019 and 2022.
Six of them — Gulabrao Patil, Dada Bhuse, Sandipan Bhumre, Uday Samant, Abdul Sattar and Shambhuraj Desai — have been ministers within the Thackeray authorities once they defected to the Shinde camp. Sattar and Desai have been junior ministers. Shinde has rewarded them with cupboard berths.
Sanjay Rathod was a minister when the MVA was fashioned in 2019 however he needed to resign in February 2021 after his identify was linked to the dying of a younger lady in Pune. Nonetheless, Shinde, as a senior minister in Thackeray cupboard, was not in favour of harsh motion in opposition to Rathod. As an alternative of dropping Rathod, Shinde suggested Thackeray to maintain him suspended until the police investigation was in progress, based on his shut aides. Thackeray didn’t settle for Shinde’s suggestion. As anticipated, Rathod didn’t assume twice earlier than becoming a member of Shinde’s insurrection in June. On Tuesday, his political rehabilitation was full along with his return to the state cupboard.
Deepak Kesarkar was appreciated for his tenure as minister of state for finance in Fadnavis’s tenure. Nonetheless, he was overlooked of the MVA cupboard. Kesarkar jumped on the Shinde bandwagon and went on to grow to be the spokesperson of the insurgent camp.
Each alliance companions have tried to keep up a regional steadiness within the cupboard by inducting 4 ministers from Western Maharashtra, North Maharashtra, and Marathwada areas every. The Mumbai Metropolitan Area (MMR) and Vidarbha areas have two representatives every however that’s compensated in a manner as a result of chief minister Shinde himself comes from Thane (underneath MMR), whereas deputy chief minister Fadnavis belongs to Vidarbha area (Nagpur).
Lodha is the only consultant from Mumbai although the vast majority of MLAs from town are affiliated to the ruling events. Sena criticised the federal government, declaring that it was the primary time since 1995 that there was no Marathi-speaking minister from Mumbai within the state cupboard.
The 18 new ministers are additionally picked from numerous castes although the largest chunk (7) comes from the Maratha neighborhood, whereas two are from the opposite backward lessons. Among the many remaining are Gurjar (Girish Mahajan), Banjara (Rathod), scheduled caste (Suresh Khade), and Chandraseniya Kayastha Prabhu (Samant). There are two ministers from minorities — Sattar, a Muslim, and Lodha, a Jain.
There’s prone to be dissent, particularly within the Shinde faction the place all people wished a berth. Earlier than the swearing-in ceremony on Tuesday morning, Shinde held a gathering of his MLAs and defined to them why he needed to choose a restricted variety of ministers and that the following enlargement might occur later this yr, based on legislators who have been current. “MLAs like Sanjay Shirsat and Bharat Gogawale have been anticipating cupboard berths however they have been dissatisfied when their names didn’t make it to the record,” a legislator, who didn’t wish to be named, stated.
Within the BJP too, there was disappointment as legislators akin to Pravin Darekar (who was the chief of opposition within the council) and Chandrashekhar Bawankule have been anticipating to be inducted into the cupboard, a celebration functionary stated. Two social gathering leaders who have been distinguished faces within the 2014 Fadnavis authorities, Vinod Tawde and Pankaja Munde, have been additionally not thought of. Whereas Tawde just isn’t even a legislator, Munde misplaced the meeting election in 2019.
In the meantime, smaller events and Independents have been overlooked within the enlargement although two ministers from the Thackeray authorities had joined the Shinde camp. Bachhu Kadu and Rajendra Yadravkar, who have been Sena allies and ministers within the MVA authorities, didn’t discover their names within the record of ministers. Kadu expressed disappointment however stated he would look ahead to the following enlargement.