The much awaited expansion of Maharashtra’s Eknath Shinde cabinet is due on Tuesday, August 9, news agency PTI said, quoting a senior BJP leader. The official function will take place at the Raj Bhavan in Mumbai at 11am.
The expansion of the Maharashtra cabinet will take place “before you can even imagine”, Deputy Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis had told reporters in Delhi in response to questions on the induction of new ministers.
So far the Maharashtra cabinet has been functioning with two members since June 30.
Shinde and Fadnavis, who have been functioning as a two-member cabinet, were in Delhi over the weekend and attended a NITI Aayog meeting along with 22 ministers.
According to sources, Radhakrishna Vikhe Patil, Chandrakant Patil, Girish Mahajan, Sudhir Mungantiwar from the BJP, and Uday Samant, Dada Bhuse, Sandeepan Bhumre, Sanjay Shirsat and Gulabrao Patil from the Shinde group will likely to be inducted into the Cabinet.
Shinde, who reached Nanded today for an official tour, told reporters, “Names have not yet been finalised. (They) Will be finalised later tonight or by tomorrow morning.”
After usurping the Uddhav Thackeray-led government, CM Eknath Shinde took oath as the chief minister and Devendra Fadnavis as his deputy on 30 June. So far, no other member has been added to the cabinet.