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NCP’s Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar, who engineered a midnight coup with the BJP and then made a dramatic return, is the new Finance Minister while his party colleague Anil V Deshmukh is the new Home Minister. Fire brand NCP leader Jitendra Awhad bagged the Housing Ministry.
Shiv Sena’s Aditya Thackeray has been assigned Environment, Tourism & Protocol, senior Sena member Subhas Desai will handle Industries and Mining Ministry and Eknath Shinde is the new Urban Development & PWD (Public Undertakings) Minister.
From the Congress, Balasaheb Thorat will handle the Revenue Department, Nitin Raut will take care of Energy Ministry and ex-CM Ashok Chavan has been given the PWD Ministry.
The other important Cabinet portfolios allocated are:
Shiv Sena: Dadaji D Bhuse - Agriculture, Uday Samant - Higher & Technical Education, Sanjay D. Rathod - Forest, Disaster Management, R&R, Gulabrao Patil - Water Supply & Sanitation, Sandipanrao Bhumre - Employment Guarantee & Horticulture, Anil Parab - Transport & Parliamentary Affairs, Shankarrao Gadakh (KSK Part) - Soil & Water Conservation.
NCP: Chhagan Bhujbal - Food & Civil Supplies, Jayant Patil - Water Resources & Command Area Development, Dhananjay P. Munde - Social Justice & Special Assistance, Dilip Walse-Patil - Labour & State Excise, Nawab M. Malik - Minority Development & Wakf, Skill Development & Entrepreneurship, Hasan Mushrif - Rural Development, Rajendra Shingane - Food & Drugs Administration, Public Health & Family Welfare, Rajesh Tope - Public Health & Family Welfare, Balasaheb P. Patil - Cooperation & Marketing.
Congress: Varsha Gaikwad - School Education, Sunil Kedar - Animal Husbandry, Dairy Development, Sports & Youth Welfare, Vijay Wadettiwar - OBCs and all other backward classes, nomadic tribes, Khar lands development & Earthquake Rehabilitation, Amit V. Deshmukh - Medical Education & Culture, K C Padvi - Tribal Development, Aslam R. Shaikh - Textiles, Fisheries and Ports Development, Yashomati Thakur-Sonawane - Women & Child Development.
Among the 10 Ministers of State (MoS) are:
Shiv Sena’s Abdul Sattar Nabi who has got Revenue & Rural Development, Shamburaj Desai - Home (Rural), Omprakash alias Bachu Kadu - Water Resources, Command Area Development, School Education, etc., and Rajendra Yadravkar (Independent MLA) - Public Health, FDA, etc.
NCP’s Dattatray Bharne has been allocated Public Works (excluding Public Undertakings), Forests, etc., Sanjay Bansode - Environment, Water Supply & Sanitation, etc., Prajakt Tanpure - Urban Development, Energy, etc., and Aditi S. Tatkare - Industries, Tourism, etc.
Congress’s Satej Patil has been given Home (Urban) and Vishwajit P Kadam - Agriculture, Cooperation, etc.
The Maha Vikas Aghadi comprising an alliance of Sena-NCP-Congress was sworn-in on November 28 with CM Thackeray and six ministers, followed by a Cabinet expansion on December 30, taking the ministry to the full strength of 43. (UNI)